The City of Johannesburg together with public transport operators working between Sandton, Alexandra, Inner City, Midrand and Ivory Park have signed a Negotiation Framework Agreement, which will open the way for the start of the City’s R2.2 billion planned investment to expand the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT).
“One of the biggest obstacles to employment is the inability of people to access efficient transport. This expansion will introduce the third phase of the BRT, which will make it easier for many of our residents, particularly those from previously forgotten communities, to connect to needed economic opportunities,” said Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor, Johannesburg.
“We are also increasing our investment in improving road infrastructure , with a focus on improving traffic light functioning through our joints policy rollout and increasing the deployment of JMPD to reduce congestion at traffic hot spots”, explained Mayor Mashaba.
The mayor added that the city would continue to plan for and rollout integrated public transport – integrating Rea Vaya, Metrobus, provincial subsidized services and mini-bus taxis.
Mashaba was joined by MMC for Transport, Councillor Nonhlanhla Makhuba who said, “The signing of the agreement is a major milestone in implementing an integrated public transport plan, which will contribute not only to improved quality public transport for all residents but will also promote the economic empowerment of the mini bus taxi industry.”
The councillor added that a well-functioning public transport system, coupled with good road mobility, would be a critical component to the functioning on the City”