19 October 2010

South Africa: Free BRT, Gautrain Bus Services Wednesday

Pretoria — Johannesburg motorists, tired of the usual trek to work and back every day, can take a free ride on either a Rea Vaya bus or Gautrain feeder bus for free tomorrow.

The free Rea Vaya bus rides, in support of the Car Free Day initiative, will run through to Saturday, while the free Gautrain feeder bus rides will only run on Wednesday.

Commuters can use the Rea Vaya buses on the inner city circular route between Chancellor House to the Joburg Art Gallery and back. The trip usually costs R3.50.

Member of Mayoral Committee responsible for Transport, Rehana Moosajee said: "The Bus Rapid Transit system is offering commuters trips at no cost on its C3 inner city route from 20 to 23 October as part of the city's Transport Month celebrations and to mark Car Free Day."

Moosajee said the free services would also be ideal for students wanting to acquaint themselves with the inner city route as it runs directly in front of the university and past many of the residences and flats in Braamfontein and Hillbrow.

Free trips will be available on Gautrain's feeder buses for passengers commuting to and from the Gautrain's Sandton and Rhodesfield Stations and stops along the respective routes. Bus stops are available approximately every 500m, along seven bus routes in Sandton, Wendywood, Rivonia, Randburg, Fourways, Rosebank and Rhodesfield.

Buses operate from Mondays to Fridays from 5:30am to 8.30pm. The service intervals are coordinated with the train timetables 12 minutes during peak hours between 5:30am to 8:30am and 4pm to 7pm and 20 minutes during off-peak hours.

Bombela Concession Company spokesperson, Kelebogile Machaka said the free offer on 20 October was limited to Gautrain buses and did not extend to other Gautrain services such as trains and parking.

Car Free Day is aimed at encouraging motorists to leave their cars and create awareness on the benefits of public transport. Travelling on public transport modes such as the Gautrain is not only a key solution in reducing carbon emissions, but also in easing traffic congestion.

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