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Old July 5th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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Durban - Public Transport

Public Transport is broken into 3 sectors in Durban: Bus, Rail, Minibus Taxi and Taxi's.

Here are some stats for Public Transport in Durban:

*Municipal Buses - 687 (140 new Mercedes-Benz buses are arriving in the coming 3 months = 827)

*The Mynah service with 46 buses transports 4,2m passengers a year - 356 000 a month - and does 29000 trips a months on the inner city service.

*The large Durban Transport buses transport 27,2m passengers a year - 2,26m a month - and does 922 000 trips per month.

The newest addition is the People Mover, which comprises 10 luxury buses orientated to the tourist trade, they service the beachfront from Suncoast in the north to The Point in the south, and into the cbd.

Visit the website for pricing, routes and sites to visit along the way. The People Mover operates from 0630 to 2300 everyday, with a bus arriving every 15 mins.

www.durbanpeoplemover.co.za
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above is the People mover Z-card. These are available at all stops, tourist offices, hotels and attractions around the city. It provides route info, pricing and attractions.

What is the People Mover

The People Mover is the most exciting mode of transport to ever hit Durban’s streets. It revolutionises public transport with world-class safety, luxurious comfort and meticulous reliability. The Durban People Mover covers two routes within the city, linking the beachfront to the CBD as far as Victoria Street Market.

The fleet of ten buses are monitored by CCTV cameras, have electronic ramps for disabled access, on-board audio-visual material, air-conditioning, operate from 06:30-23:00, arrive every fifteen minutes and have easily identifiable bus stops staffed by wardens for passengers’ safety.

Now for the first time there is an internationally acclaimed means for both locals and tourists alike to conveniently and safely access the diversity and beauty of Durban.

So in true Surf City style, come on and ride the People Mover all the way to the beach!


Tickets

A single journey on the People Mover will cost R4 and a day pass R15. Once the service is established there will be various packages available through tour companies and hotels.

Operating Hours

Daily Service Periods:

MORNING PEAK 06h30 to 09h00
DAY OFF PEAK 09h00 to 16h30
AFTERNOON/EVENING PEAK 16h30 to 18h00
NIGHT 18h00 to 23h00

The Durban People Mover has tailored its services to cater for the varied demands of commuters and tourists:

PEAK This commuter service operates at peak hours in the morning 06h30-09h00 and evening 16:30-18:00

OFF PEAK This service is mainly aimed at the tourist and leisure market 09h00-16h30

NIGHT This service is similar to the Off – peak service with a minor route variation where the bus will turn at Field Street, not Grey/Victoria/Russell

Extended operating hours from 06:30 – 23:00 allow commuters greater freedom and access to Durban’s playground.

People Mover Routes:

Northern Route: from the West Street interchange to Suncoast
Southern Route: from the West Street interchange to Ushaka
Western Route: a circular route through the city




Why the People Mover was introduced

Durban’s picturesque Golden Mile and thriving CBD needed a public mode of transport that would service the local business, residential and tourist markets while showcasing the jewels of the city. The transport needed to be safe, entertaining, punctual, accommodate disabled people and provide extended accessibility beyond business hours.

This service does not compete with the Mynah or Taxi routes. It has its own unique routes, operational phases and pricing structure; as well as going to great lengths to ensure the safety of passengers both on board and at the fifteen stops.

All information is from the official Durban People Mover website www.durbanpeoplemover.co.za
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Old July 6th, 2007, 12:00 AM   #3
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great thread..will more busses be added? because cape town transport planners are in south america looking at busses to bring to CT i just assumed that durbs would also get more busses. im sure the capacity of the people mover will increase majorly before 2010 but just wondering where the extra busses will come from

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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:22 AM   #4
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These buses are awesome, saw them in action yesterday. Pleased to see a lot of tourists were using the bus. I think in time to come, & when crime levels go down, the routes will be more epxanded, i.e more routes will be added to area's such as musgrave, greyville, morningside, maybe to Umhlanga as well.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 10:24 AM   #5
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eThekwini to push commuting by rail
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Durban - eThekwini municipality will spend more than R1 billion between now and 2010 to overhaul the public transport system by making it rail-based.

Julie-May Ellingson, head of strategic projects unit in the city, said this week the plan was in line with preparations for the 2010 soccer World Cup.

Ellingson said the municipality wanted taxis to transport people from places outside the city to railway stations.

Trains would then take them to the inner city, where they would use buses for further travel.

"If you go anywhere in the world you will see that in big cities, rail is the main mode of transport because it is cost effective, sustainable from an environment point of view, and safer."

She said the R1 billion would be spent on upgrading and building new railway stations and purchasing new rail coaches. The municipality's plan was to have at least five rail stations, new ones and others upgraded by 2010.

The city still has a shortfall of between R400 million and R500 million, which it hopes to source from the national transport department.

KwaZulu-Natal has about 30 000 taxis, which belong to the 247 taxi associations. The majority of these taxis operate in Durban, according to the KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Association Council.

Boy Zondi, the spokesperson for the taxi council, said the municipality's idea was not viable, but noted that the council was willing to negotiate.

"It sounds like they want to take business away from the taxis to the trains, and that is not something we will agree to. But we will sit down and negotiate when they invite us for talks," said Zondi.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday transport minister Jeff Radebe launched the pilot phase of the new people mover bus project, which has a fleet of 10 buses to be used in Durban.

A medium-sized people mover bus costs R1.2 million, including extras such as plasma screen television sets and CCTV cameras, while a big bus costs between R1.5 million and R2 million.

The medium-sized people mover bus will carry 18 people seated, 15 standing and two wheelchairs.

Remant Alton, a bus operator company that has a contract with the eThekwini municipality to operate the city's buses until 2010, has been given a 12-month contract to run the new people mover buses.

The bus operator has been operating the city buses since 2003, but its credibility was tarnished this year when 142 buses under its care were impounded for being unroadworthy.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 10:59 AM   #6
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These buses are awesome, saw them in action yesterday. Pleased to see a lot of tourists were using the bus. I think in time to come, & when crime levels go down, the routes will be more epxanded, i.e more routes will be added to area's such as musgrave, greyville, morningside, maybe to Umhlanga as well.
The first 6 months of operations is the trial phase. During this phase the city will undertake research on the flaws and pluses of the new system. Ask people what they would like to be different and so on.

The second phase of the system implementation (when they have ironed out the flaws) will be to expand the system to service morningside, musgrave, glenwood. This will more than likely take the form of better integration with the existing mynah service (which is about to get a whole new fleet of buses).

All in all I am mighty pleased that it is now working the streets and look forward to using it soon. Jerome...
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Old July 6th, 2007, 02:14 PM   #7
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i dont think the national transport dept will provide the extra funding needed to host cities.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #8
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The Portfolio Committee on Transport (National Assembly), having undertaken an oversight visits to the national department of Transport and nine host cities.

Main highlights:

eThekwini

*eThekwini has decided not to go for a full BRT system as the principal 2010 public transport legacy project.
*Focus will be on upgrading, extending and revitalizing north-south rail corridor
*Challenge: Major challenge to greatly improve on very low levels of rail ridership, 17,000 out of 200,000 public transport trips per day. Majority being mini-bus taxi's
*Ambitions plans to transform the Warwick junction precinct exist and regulation of taxi ranks will take place.
*The plans to build a fly-over will not take place as funding has not been secured. The DOT believe that this project is car-friendly and free-way oriented and would not free up ground level space to public transport.
* Other 2010 plans include the inner-city People Mover bus project, stadium related pedestrian infrastructure, public transport priority lanes on some east-west corridors and a proposed extension of the rail line to Bridge City
* Taxi industry will act as feeders for the north-south rail corridor, but the city is unsure as to how the taxi co-operation will be secured.
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I took the new people mover on Friday at 9pm from Ushaka to North Beach for the beach festival concerts and can report that it is punctual, safe, and comparable to any similar service anywhere in the world. The most impressive thing is that there is a guard posted at EVERY station for its entire run (6am - 11pm). That's right: EVERY STATION!!! I would encourage people to use it. The bus drivers, who underwent special training, are also chatty and very friendly.

I was initially apprehensive about it running on the back roads to the Golden Mile but was pleasantly surprised that Gilespie Street was not as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, quite a few buildings have been refurbished. Most importantly, the traffic on the chosen routes is minimal, compared to the Snell Parade, which runs in front of the hotels on the Golden Mile, and is often beset with bumper to bumper traffic at peak times. I think that was part of the reasoning behind the chosen routes.
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very crappy picture of the people mover, will try & get a better picture this week, with out much of the glare.

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I will be taking the bus these coming saturday, I will also take pics.
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Sjoe, they must definately clean the area every now and again...
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Where was that picture taken? The street looks filthy!
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Sjoe, they must definately clean the area every now and again...
I learnt from Kerk Street and some parts of Hillbrow that cleanliness makes the area look really attractive. If they could emply people who will even work during the day, they would have created employment and on ther other side the city will look stunning therefore attracting more investment. The JDA's strategy to lure investment in Joburg is "to clean the streets frequently, improve pavements and lighting" then you will see investment staring to roll.
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That pic must be Warwick Triangle or Grey Street? It does look really awful! Don't worry fortunately the rest of the CBD doesn't look like that.
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ya things do look filthy there... luckily as jerome and a few others can verify. it is not like mostly everywhere else on the route. if that is warick, then it is cleaner in the pic than i thought it would be there considering almost a million people pass thru it daily
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although the warwick flyover won't go ahead, the area is still set for a major transformation so i wouldnt be too worried. a million people pass through cape town train station and look at what that place looks like.
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A fast, comfortable and low cost urban transport system, called the "Bus Rapid Transit" (BRT) system, is being planned for the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Integrated Transport Plan for host cities' Cape Town, Tshwane, Durban, and Bloemfontein among several others will include a BRT transport system which will promote the use of public transport ahead of the 2010 soccer spectacle.


Revealing their plans on Thursday at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria Thursday, the cities indicated that the BRT would be made available not only for the central business districts but also in townships.

The BRT has been described as a high quality, customer oriented transport system which will deliver fast, comfortable, and low cost urban mobility.

It involves the construction of "bus way corridors" on segregated lanes and modernised technology.

As one of the host cities, the City of Tshwane has proposing the establishment of Transport Authority, indicating the need for an institutional structure to integrate transport. An emphasis has been placed on the need for the BRT.

The application to establish the Tshwane Transport Authority has already been handed to the Gauteng Transport MEC, Ignatius Jacobs.

Referring to the BRT, Dennis Baloyi of the City of Tshwane said: "as part of the city's build up to the much anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup, there is a need for a high quality, customer oriented public transport system which is fast, comfortable and offers low-cost mobility.

"The BRT will service people from Soshanguve, GaRankuwa (north of Pretoria) as well as Mamelodi (east of Pretoria) ensuring that everyone enjoys the transport legacy the 2010 world cup will leave in its wake ," he said.

This bus system will also have routes leading to the training and main stadiums.

Mr Baloyi said the Wonderboom Airport, a private airport, will assist the City in handling 10 percent of visitors of the total expected visitors.

Yolisa Mashilwane, from the City of Johannesburg told delegates that currently the use of public transport stood at 47 percent compared to the private mode which is at 53 percent.

"One of the main interventions in the Integrated Transport Plan is the Strategic Public Transport Network and the move to gear up to a full Bus Rapid Transit," she said.

"BRT is central to the 2010 plan," she added.

Ms Mashilwane said there were also plans for major freeways such as the N17, which connects the Johannesburg CBD with the southern areas of the city, to be upgraded to allow for easier access to soccer city stadium - where the opening and closing matches will be played.

The transport upgrade will provide for parking, pedestrian bridges and walkways, hawker facilities and clear signage and improvement of interchanges.

Transport is viewed as the primary legacy for South Africa to change the current status quo.

Donald Cupido of the City of Cape Town said the semi-final hosting city had a target of achieving a 50/50 split in the use of public and private transport by 2010.

"We also hope to increase the use of public transport to 53 percent by 2015 and by 57 percent by 2010," he said.

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The city is also focusing on the rapid rail network to achieve its goals. Major upgrades in its freeways, namely the N1 and N2 are also taking place to ensure a sustainable long term integrated public transport system.

Speaking on behalf of Port Elizabeth, Dalene Campbell said: "The BRT will form the base of the future public transport system up to 2020."

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Sjoe, they must definately clean the area every now and again...
Its like that everyday, dont worry, this picture was taken @ 5:30pm, I can garuntee you at 6am the next day the place was spotless, hence the message I should give on & on in the Durbs disscussion about how street vendors take advantage over the clean up DSW do through out the night. They feel "why should we use the bins, when these guys will come clean it up during the night" . It pisses me off big time to see how they litter. Esp because our buisness is right in the middle of the mess. Their dont care attitude towards littering is totally unacceptable, & I think council must enforce fines or even worse arrest to those that litter like this.

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Where was that picture taken? The street looks filthy!
This picture is of the people mover stop at Victoria street, right opposite the Vic Street market, a prime tourist stop off, & we have these guys mess all around it, It really is frustrating because you know you can do nothing to stop it.
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