Wheels start rolling in Durban's new transport system

Kaveel Singh, News24

Durban – eThekwini's new integrated rapid public transport network was at a point of no return, the metro's management team said on Thursday.

"We are most certainly in line with the vision of this project. There have been some challenges, but the progress has been far more," head of the eThekwini Transport Authority, Thami Manyathi, said about the GO!Durban project.

To date, R1.3bn has been spent on the project, officials said on Thursday.

At a media briefing held to update the public on the development, Mayor James Nxumalo and senior managers of the eThekwini Transport Authority and GO!Durban project detailed the city’s progress on the network.

In April 2014, construction began on the first corridor or dedicated bus lane from Bridge City, in KwaMashu to Pinetown’s CBD.

"This has required adaptation of existing infrastructure which has meant that the project has not been without its own set of challenges. However, the eThekwini Transport Authority is pleased with the progress that has been made so far, and that operation on this first route will be a reality in the next 16 months,” said Nxumalo.

Manyathi added that a memorandum of understanding was signed with parties in the taxi industry that would be directly affected by GO!Durban.

“We are in the process of signing one of these with the bus companies as well. We are incorporating all our stakeholders in this initiative and will ensure all parties are at ease. We are not trying to replace anything. We simply hope to improve our system so all can efficiently use it.”

Mabuyi Mhlanga, Programme Manager of GO!Durban said to date over 10 454 employment opportunities have been created for communities.

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