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Old August 26th, 2009, 02:30 AM   #221
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The stations do look nice and simple. However, I see some problems with them: They cannot be air conditioned or warmed and I suppose it does get hot in J. during the summer. I couldn't spot any electronic displays with time table/delay information. Will they be installed? And lastely they look rather small to me. How will these stations cope with masses especially during events and peak hours?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 07:16 AM   #222
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Johannesburg to roll out new bus system in World Cup build-up
28 August 2009
Agence France Presse

South Africa's economic hub rolls out a new bus system Sunday, changing the face of the nation's public transport ahead of the World Cup, after overcoming fierce opposition from private mini-bus taxis.

Gleaming red and blue stations finished in steel and glass already peer between Johannesburg's grey skyscrapers, boasting air-conditioned waiting rooms and facilities for the disabled.

It's a far cry from the dilapidated mini-buses that are known for deadly accidents and the ageing trains that are rarely on schedule, which collectively carry 13 million people a day in South Africa.

Public transport was neglected by the apartheid system which violently sought to keep people apart, resulting in poor regulation, shoddy safety and weak efficiency standards. The poor transport system has been one of the main concerns about South Africa's hosting of the football World Cup.

The new tram-like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) coaches will run on dedicated lanes in the middle of motorways, saving commuters time by not getting stuck in traffic.

The buses should also be cheaper, as commuters will pay a single fare even if they transfer among different lines to reach their destination.

"BRT is an urban road-based public transport system for the 21st century," Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said. "It aims to provide better public transport and benefits for everyone."

Johannesburg is the first city to get the system running, but Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and other cities are looking at adopting it.

Government had delayed the BRT launch for months to ease concerns of mini-bus taxi operators, who are known for bloody turf wars and who had threatened to stage protests to bring Johannesburg to a grinding halt.

The South African National Taxi Council only dropped its opposition to the project late Wednesday, after winning new assurances from government that the mini-buses would still be needed to feed into the modern bus routes.

"We have come a long way," said Rehana Moosajee, member of the Johannesburg Council transport committee. "The process of getting it this far has been long and very technical."

The ruling African National Congress also had taken a tougher tone against the taxi bosses, warning that the violence and roadblocks associated with their strikes would not be tolerated.

"If they block roads, the state must deal with that decisively. If it's not decisive, anarchy will grow and grow and grow, and society is going to be hurt," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the Foreign Correspondents Association.

The first 25-kilometre (15-mile) link runs from the historic Soweto township to the city centre, passing the Ellis Park Stadium precinct, a World Cup venue.

The BRT coaches -- also known as Rea Vaya, meaning "we are going" in seSotho -- will carry up to 90 people, stopping at stations half a kilometre apart.

Smaller feeder buses will bring people from the outer areas to the stations on the trunk routes.

"The buses would be useful in ferrying fans to the stadiums, but it must be remembered that the project was not specifically designed for the World Cup," said Moosajee.

According to the city, routes connecting southwestern parts of Johannesburg around Soccer City stadium, outside Soweto, are expected to be finished before the World Cup.

Earlier this year, government bowed to the taxi bosses' pressure and temporarily suspended the project which had been due start operating before the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

The two billion rand (254 million dollar, 178 million euro) BRT project was approved by the city in 2006, modelled around systems used in cities like Bogota and Mexico City.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 12:47 AM   #223
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Old September 1st, 2009, 08:24 AM   #224
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The stations do look nice and simple. However, I see some problems with them: They cannot be air conditioned or warmed and I suppose it does get hot in J. during the summer. I couldn't spot any electronic displays with time table/delay information. Will they be installed? And lastely they look rather small to me. How will these stations cope with masses especially during events and peak hours?

I have read that service will eventually increase to every three minutes in peak hours - sufficient to keep people flowing (imho shorter waits = even more incentive to ride).

I went on a little online expedition and have found a number of articles, photos and videos about the Rea Vaya - some very informative.

You can see more photos of the interior of the stations here: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Re...id=97180389844

Some articles:
1) http://www.southafrica.info/business...rt1-310809.htm
2) Highly recommended: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...4840597C882034 (has a great video embedded)
3) http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1058511


Some youtube:


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Old September 9th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #225
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #226
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Old June 27th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #227
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Curitiba, Brazil's RIT was the first BRT system implemented in the world:




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Old June 30th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #228
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Well folks the Rea Vaya is busy moving fans around to the World Cup - not only this but Google Street View has hit Johhanesburg...

Google StreetView of a downtown Rea Vaya station:http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8...,0.000591&z=21

And some good press and reports from a number of areas:
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/ne...d=rssfeed&att=
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Old June 30th, 2010, 05:44 AM   #229
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Is there a system map that we can see of this BRT line?
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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #230
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Is there a system map that we can see of this BRT line?
http://www.reavaya.co.za/images/stor...map_latest.pdf

System website: http://www.reavaya.org.za/
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:29 AM   #231
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:19 PM   #232
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Old May 20th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #233
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Old November 17th, 2014, 02:16 PM   #234
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Little remark from Railway Gazette:

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South Africa: Gautrain Management Agency has commissioned SMEC, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Deloitte to undertake studies for possible extensions
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Old November 18th, 2014, 12:25 AM   #235
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Extensions to what? My assumption would be Gautrain and not Metrorail.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #236
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Extensions to what? My assumption would be Gautrain and not Metrorail.
Of course Gautrain
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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:22 PM   #237
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Old November 18th, 2014, 11:49 PM   #238
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Old November 19th, 2014, 03:46 PM   #239
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So, why on earth are the two systems "competing" with each other? If I remember correctly several of the locations proposed by Gautrain are already served be existing services?
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I'm no expert, but I believe it is because of the elite status that the Gautrain has compared to the relatively poorer Metrorail system. Metrorail in Jo'berg has been seen as "unsafe" compared to the Gautrain, which is nauseatingly well protected with a plethora of security everywhere.
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