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Public Transport News

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 With the 51% acquisition of local rail company Commuter Transport and Locomotive Engineering (CTLE) now complete, French multinational Alstom is moving to develop a platform that will fully localise its rail presence in South Africa. The group, which rebranded the Nigel-based train modernisation... 

BRT to change the face of Sandton

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th April 2016 The much anticipated Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is expected to change the face of Sandton, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton by 2017. Construction, which got underway in March 2015, is already at an advanced stage with a bridge connecting one of South... 

BRT to change the face of Sandton

Durban’s municipal bus service pays its way without being bailed out

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 Durban’s municipal bus service paid its way for the first time in several months without the municipality being forced to bail out the operator of the service. According to a statement released by the eThekwini Metro Municipality, city manager Sibusiso Sithole revealed that in March the salaries... 

Durban’s municipal bus service pays its way without being bailed out

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul 

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 South Africa’s rail commuter system needs a complete overhaul and therefore the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has receive R172-billion for a ten-year period, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at a media briefing on Monday. Peters called the media briefing to give feedback on... 

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told attendees at a National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit at the weekend that the strategy would serve as a... 

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa

Peters wants integrated public transport systems

By: Keith Campbell     9th March 2016 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has called for public transport in South Africa to be integrated and accessible. She was delivering the keynote address at the International Conference on Transport Authorities in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday. "A lot of improvements have... 

Peters wants integrated public transport systems
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

Gauteng Premier pushes for provincial Public Transport Authority

By: Keith Campbell     9th March 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura strongly supported the idea of a provincial Public Transport Authority on Wednesday. He was addressing the first session of the International Conference on Transport Authorities, being held in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. "I'm convinced that the... 

Gauteng Premier pushes for provincial Public Transport Authority
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

By: News24Wire      9th March 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA'S) CFO Hunadi Manyatsa is back at work after a long period of illness, Parliament's committee on transport was told on Tuesday. This was after MPs wanted to know where she was and how she had not picked up some of the incidents of wasteful and... 

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

‘Illegal’ strikes disrupt bus services in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The A re Yeng and Tshwane bus services have been “totally” disrupted by an “illegal industrial action”, the City of Tshwane said on Monday. The City of Tshwane said it would “like to inform both the Tshwane Bus Service and the A re yeng Rapid Bus Service commuters that transport services... 

‘Illegal’ strikes disrupt bus services in Tshwane

Uber welcomes ‘tough’ S African transport law

By: News24Wire      7th March 2016 Internet ride-sharing company Uber says it welcomes a new transport bill that plans a crackdown on drivers who don’t have meter taxi licences. The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that Cabinet has approved the National Land Transport Amendment Bill which regards Uber operators as metered... 

Uber welcomes ‘tough’ S African transport law

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

City of Cape Town pleased with MyCiti control centre progress

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 Accessing route information, security assistance and tracking buses is all part of the progressing technology upgrade underway at MyCiti stations, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. “We are looking forward to the day when the [Advanced Public Transport Management System] APTMS will be fully... 

City of Cape Town pleased with MyCiti control centre progress

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Overseas market proves lucrative for steel cladding

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The market acceptance and demand for vitreous enamel steel cladding Vitraclad is proving more popular overseas than locally, says Boksburg-based manufacturer Vitrex.  

Overseas market proves lucrative for steel cladding
EASY MAINTENANCE The environmental properties of Vitraclad make for simple maintenance without having to use cleaning chemicals

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

Gibela targeting 72% local content at peak of train-delivery contract

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project
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The first Gibela train on its way to Wolmerton

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

TFR’s locomotives  to receive advanced HVAC systems
Photo by Duane
SPECIALIST DESIGNER Booyco Engineering specialises in the design, development and manufacture of custom made and specialised mobile air handling systems for special applications

Union to assist Department of Labour to probe taxi drivers’ wages

By: African News Agency      4th February 2016 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) on Thursday said it will make submissions to assist the Department of Labour to investigate the wages of taxi drivers and rank marshals. A day after the department launched the probe, provincial chairman for Satawu in the taxi sector,... 

Union to assist Department of Labour to probe taxi drivers’ wages

Big data offers prospects for more efficient transport system in South Africa – Wipro

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2016 Tracking geospatial trends to understand user behaviour and congestion patterns enable transport operators to develop rail and bus networks that suit people’s lifestyles, and incentivise more motorists to move away from private transport by improving visibility and predictability, say Indian... 

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a functional economy through the... 

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The City of Cape Town plans to issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for the MyCiTi service, in line with its commitment to lowering carbon emissions, mayor Patricia de Lille said in a statement published on the city’s website on Wednesday. “Since its inception in May 2010, the... 

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service

Alstom to acquire 51% of Gauteng-based train refurbishing specialist

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 Rail group Alstom has signed an agreement to purchase 51% of South African rail company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering (CTLE), for an undisclosed amount. CTLE, specialising in the modernisation of trains, was previously known as Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW). 

Dbn buses strike on first school day over unpaid salaries

By: African News Agency      13th January 2016 Durban’s public transport woes continued on Wednesday with the municipal bus service coming to a standstill on the first day of schools opening. A statement issued by eThekwini Metro Municipality spokesperson Gugu Sisilana said that a meeting was being held on Wednesday morning with employees,... 

Dbn buses strike on first school day over unpaid salaries

Gautrain bus drivers down tools

By: News24Wire      12th January 2016 Gautrain bus commuters will have to make alternative arrangements to get to work on Tuesday following a labour dispute with its drivers. On their Twitter page Gautrain bus management said their drivers had not reported for duty this morning. 

Gautrain bus drivers down tools

Gautrain starts process to acquire 12 new trains 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2016 Gautrain has started the process of acquiring 12 new trains of four cars each. Bombela Concession Company, the operator of the Gautrain system, has launched a request for qualification (RFQ) for the new rolling stock.  

Gautrain starts process to acquire 12 new trains

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

By: News24Wire      29th December 2015 South Africa can benefit from the American travel industry by looking online to reach this internet-savvy market, according to Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, owner of Destinate, a destination marketing agency. "Americans have little to no annual leave. An annual survey by Expedia in 2014 showed that... 

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

Gauteng Premier welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub

By: Nadine James     11th December 2015 Gauteng premier David Makhura and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the R850-million Denneboom Station Public Transport Interchange (DSPTI) project in Mamelodi last month, calling on residents to support the project. The project forms part of the Solomon Mahlangu... 

Gauteng Premier  welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub
TSHWANE REGIONAL MALL An artist's impression of what the Mamelodi mall will look like when it opens in April 2017

Gautrain expansion feasibility study to be completed by March 

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2015 The feasibility of expanding the commuter rail Gautrain from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, build an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of Pretoria, to Naledi, west of Johannesburg, and extend the service from OR Tambo International Airport to Boksburg will be completed by March... 

SA public transport projects gaining traction – services firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Despite the current project affordability constraints, South Africa has made exponential improvements in progressing its public transport projects, says professional services firm KPMG. “There is increased awareness of the absolute need for better public transport,” stresses KPMG infrastructure... 

SA public transport projects  gaining traction – services firm
DEFINED STRATEGY Defining a strategy for public transport services prompted the public and private sectors to initiate several public transport infrastructure projects in recent years

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

Future planning key to public transit systems
TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Several key capacity-expansion projects are under way to enhance the operational capacity of the existing Gautrain rapid rail link system, says transport provider Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). “In the short term, GMA aims to increase the parking capacity at its stations. The second step is to... 

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing
CAPACITY INCREASE The Gautrain Management Agency aims to release the request for proposals for the procurement of 12 additional train sets within the next three months

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives  

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The City of Johannesburg municipality plans to continue its focus on the implementation of an integrated transport system through its transport legacy projects following the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in the Sandton central business district (CBD). “[The festival] proved . . . that there is... 

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau discusses the impact of the EcoMobility month and the way forward

New Durban transport system no threat to taxis, buses – City

By: News24Wire      20th November 2015 The GO!Durban public transport initiative is now in deep consultation with stakeholders in the taxi industry, an eThekwini official has said. The project, which promised to ensure improved mobility for all, aimed to get Durban in line with public transport of successful cities world-wide. It will... 

New Durban transport system no threat to taxis, buses – City

Industry body prioritises clean fuels legislation

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Division of the... 

Industry body prioritises  clean fuels legislation
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies

City of Cape Town to extend MyCiti bus route in Mitchells Plain

By: African News Agency      19th November 2015 The City of Cape Town is set to extend the footprint of its MyCity bus service in Mitchells Plain. The City will on Saturday launch an additional MyCiTi route in Mitchells Plain which will form part of the very popular N2 Express service which currently operates between Mitchells Plain and the... 

City of Cape Town to extend MyCiti bus route in Mitchells Plain

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired navigate city streets

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 Local standards concerning tactile ground-surface indicator (TGSI) systems require more clarity to ensure that visually impaired South Africans can safely navigate through city streets and buildings, says local universal access specialist company Future Mobility Engineering MD Frano Combrinck.... 

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired  navigate city streets
UNIVERSAL ACCESS R&D A significant amount of research and development on universal access has been conducted with the South African National Council of the Blind

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