BRT expands its route

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system is now ready to operate all the services scheduled for phase 1A of the Rea Vaya Project.

From 1 March 2010 there will be a new complementary service running directly from Dobsonville to the Johanneburg CBD and Ellis Park Station, said Rehana Moosajee, the City's member of mayoral committee (MMC) responsible for transport.

There will also be feeder services transporting passengers from Naledi to Thokoza Park Station, from Jabavu to Lake View Station and from Mofolo to Boomtown Station.

She said the final services scheduled for introduction on 3 May 2010 will include an additional complementary service directly from Dobsonville to Maponya Mall and feeder services from Protea Glen to Thokoza Park Station and from Eldorado Park to Thokoza Park Station.

A CBD distribution service will be re-introduced to link the trunk services with Braamfontein, Wits University and Hillbrow.

Services introduced on 1 March 2010 will operate the same first and last bus times as the current starter service. But as from 3 May all service times will be extended and the last buses will depart at 22:40.

Sunday services will also be introduced on all routes. The feeder and complementary buses will stop at over 170 bus stops along the routes.

Moosajee said due to the extension and improvement of services and a general increase in operating costs the commencement fare for the starter service will be adjusted from 1 March.

"On the trunk service, the current fare of R5 per trip will change to R6 per trip. A trip on a feeder bus connecting into a trunk service into the inner city will cost R9.50," she said. - BuaNews