On track in improving public transport

GOVERNMENT is on course to improve the public transport system, to benefit all South Africans, says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. The Minister was outlining the department’s new priorities during the Budget Vote address at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Parliament.

She said she is satisfied that there is a fair balance in increasing the capacity of Metrorail in all Metropolitan areas. “We have demonstrated that we are on course to improve our public transport system, including passenger rail, to benefit our people and we committed to accelerate road infrastructure development both as an important lever of economic growth and a catalyst for job creation,” Peters said.

In 2014/15, the Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Grant (PTISG) and Public Transport Network Operations Grant (PTNOG) covered projects in 12 cities with approximately R5.87 billion in grant funding.

She said the department has further set out to strengthen the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for expanded access to much needed benefits for road users through the introduction of the RABS Bill, which provides for the establishment of a new “no fault basis” regime called Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS) to replace the current RAF.

Peters also announced that on June 23, 2015, she will be launching the long awaited Road Safety Advisory Council, which will advise government on interventions to further reduce carnages on the roads.

Bus Rapid Transit

George Municipality and Tshwane Metro launched their pilot operations to test their Bus Rapid Transit services which are called “Go George” and “A re Yeng”, respectively.

This brings to four the total number of cities running the BRT operations, which includes “MyCiti” in the Western Cape and “Rea Vaya” in Johannesburg.

In these four cities, the incumbent minibus operators on the affected routes form the core of the new operating companies, where over 1 000 direct jobs have been created.

In the 2015/16 financial year, government will proceed to invest R5.95 billion through Public Transport Network Grant (PTNG) in the twelve identified cities.

“We expect Ekurhuleni to be the third Metro in Gauteng to launch this pilot services. “In keeping with advancement of Intelligent Transport System (ITS), we will continue working closely with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the three Metros, PRASA, Gautrain Management Agency and the taxi industry to integrate all subsidised modes in the province into a single interoperable smart card by the end of the 2016/17 financial year,” she said.

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