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Old July 23rd, 2007, 01:19 AM   #61
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Why did they go to the expense of buying and demolishing the reddish-brown buildings with all that nearly-vacant land with just a few small buildings on the other side of the street?
Looks like they are going to use that piece of land for something else. See these three pictures below which shows the concept design and also how the construction site looks like now. It looks like the parkade will take the space that used to be occupied by the demolished buildings. the other space appears to have the station itself while some of it will be carved out to make way for drop-off zones for buses and taxis.






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Old July 23rd, 2007, 01:37 AM   #62
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more pictures

Work at Park Station





Work at Sandton Station







Work started on the viaducts





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Work at Rosebank station ($100 million retail/residential developments happening across the road from station)





Work in progress enroute to OR Tambo airport (looks like Rhodesfield station)

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Work at OR Tambo international airport

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Work at Mushroom shaft in Sandton



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Work on tunnels

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Road diversions in progress



Work on the maintainance yard in Midrand




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Old July 23rd, 2007, 02:01 AM   #63
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The Metro system too is getting a facelift as can be seen here with the newly refurbished rolling stock and the newly launched Soweto Business Express

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 02:35 PM   #64
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Didn't know Johannesburg has a metro system. Do you have any maps of the network?
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Old July 24th, 2007, 08:02 PM   #65
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Didn't know Johannesburg has a metro system. Do you have any maps of the network?
here's the maps i could find.



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Old August 20th, 2007, 12:44 AM   #66
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How many cities in South Africa have a metro system?
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Old August 20th, 2007, 12:54 AM   #67
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How many cities in South Africa have a metro system?
Kairo, Egypt.

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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:38 AM   #68
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egypt isn't in south africa...

Cape Town also has trains

http://www.capemetrorail.co.za/







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and Durban has metro rail as well

http://www.metrorail.co.za/Regional-...naldurban.html

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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:39 AM   #69
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How many cities in South Africa have a metro system?
I know of at least 3 cities that have a metro system, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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his might help - from wikipedia

Metrorail is the commuter rail service in the major urban areas of South Africa. Metrorail is a business unit of Transnet, the parastatal responsible for the South African transport infrastructure. The Metrorail system consists of 471 stations, 2228km of track, and carries an average of 1.7 million passengers per weekday

Because Metrorail operates services in several separate cities, for operational purposes it is subdivided into five regions.

Witwatersrand region
This region covers the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area (also known as the Witwatersrand). Trains run from Johannesburg and Germiston outwards to Springs, Pretoria (in the Tshwane region, see below), Soweto and Krugersdorp. [2]

Tshwane region
This region covers Pretoria and surrounding suburbs. Trains run from Pretoria station outwards to the various suburbs of the city, as well as southwards to Johannesburg (in the Witwatersrand region). [3]

Durban region
This region covers Durban and the surrounding suburbs and towns. Trains run from Durban station outwards as far as Stanger on the north coast, Kelso on the south coast, and Cato Ridge inland. [4]

Eastern Cape region
This region operates two separate lines in the Eastern Cape: one running from East London to Berlin, and one from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage. [5]

Western Cape region
Main article: Metrorail (Western Cape)
This region covers the Cape Town metropolitan area and surrounding towns. Trains run from Cape Town Railway Station southwards to Simon's Town, southeastwards to Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha, and eastwards through Bellville to Strand, Stellenbosch and Wellington; occasional services run to Malmesbury and Worcester.

here's a pic of Port Elizabeth (from google) - i think you can see the metro trains in it



a pic of east london - just to give an idea of the city


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Old August 20th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #71
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I know of at least 3 cities that have a metro system, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
They are not metro systems, but commuter trains.
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Sorry, I didn't see the "south".

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his might help - from wikipedia

Metrorail is the commuter rail service in the major urban areas of South Africa. Metrorail is a business unit of Transnet, the parastatal responsible for the South African transport infrastructure. The Metrorail system consists of 471 stations, 2228km of track, and carries an average of 1.7 million passengers per weekday

Because Metrorail operates services in several separate cities, for operational purposes it is subdivided into five regions.

Witwatersrand region
This region covers the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area (also known as the Witwatersrand). Trains run from Johannesburg and Germiston outwards to Springs, Pretoria (in the Tshwane region, see below), Soweto and Krugersdorp. [2]

Tshwane region
This region covers Pretoria and surrounding suburbs. Trains run from Pretoria station outwards to the various suburbs of the city, as well as southwards to Johannesburg (in the Witwatersrand region). [3]

Durban region
This region covers Durban and the surrounding suburbs and towns. Trains run from Durban station outwards as far as Stanger on the north coast, Kelso on the south coast, and Cato Ridge inland. [4]

Eastern Cape region
This region operates two separate lines in the Eastern Cape: one running from East London to Berlin, and one from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage. [5]

Western Cape region
Main article: Metrorail (Western Cape)
This region covers the Cape Town metropolitan area and surrounding towns. Trains run from Cape Town Railway Station southwards to Simon's Town, southeastwards to Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha, and eastwards through Bellville to Strand, Stellenbosch and Wellington; occasional services run to Malmesbury and Worcester.

here's a pic of Port Elizabeth (from google) - i think you can see the metro trains in it



a pic of east london - just to give an idea of the city

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Old October 4th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #73
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Gautrain aims to have World Cup route ready

One year into the construction of railways of South Africa's first partly underground express train, the focus is on the completion of routes that are crucial for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The Gautrain, which will link Johannesburg and Pretoria from 2011, will have 10 stations between the two cities. These will include the Johannesburg Park station, Rosebank, Sandton, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria station.

National Transport Minister Jeff Radebe visited the sites of the Johannesburg and Rosebank rail tracks and stations on Wednesday. The short tours, which took less than 10 minutes each, were to brief the minister and Gauteng transport minister Ignatius Jacobs on the progress of construction.

"I am completely satisfied with the work we saw today," said Radebe who, after the Rosebank tour, addressed a media briefing at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank.

The minister said that work on the 80km route is progressing. "I can confirm that the route between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton will be completed in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup," he said.

Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe confirmed that the exact date of completion for this route will be May 2010.

Fifteen kilometres of tunnelling has been completed and the first bridge over the Jukskei River is under construction.

"Four more bridges are being built and train and bus depots are under construction in Midrand," said Radebe, referring to depots that will be used to stable and service the Gautrain's 24 train sets and to station its 150 buses. The bus depot's administrative building has been completed.

Jacobs said the Gautrain will be a South African system of transport. "This is not Madrid, London or Spain. I agree that we must compare the standards to those of other countries, but remember that this is our system," he said.

He added that his department did well in handling the costs of the 1 142 properties that had to be demolished to make way for the Gautrain.

"I think that if we had not satisfied the various property owners in negotiating with them in terms of the value of their properties, we would then have been in court every single day because there were a lot of people to deal with. I believe that we handled that well because there were no major hiccups on issues of land," he said.

October is marked as National Transport Month, and Radebe said that the Department of Transport is encouraging the use of public transport. "There has been a 40% shift from private to public transport in the last couple of months and the number is rising," he said.

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I know of at least 3 cities that have a metro system, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Metrorail are commuter rail, despite the use of the word "metro". I hear the service in Cape Town is pretty good.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 10:51 AM   #75
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Jacobs said the Gautrain will be a South African system of transport. "This is not Madrid, London or Spain."
What? Madrid, London, or Spain?
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its underway now, although the cost escalated from the original $1 billion to $3.8 billion!! and environmentalists and residents along its route had threatened to derail this project. also parliament sent the planners back to the drawing board to device a means to integrate the train to other forms of transport like buses and taxis to ensure that its not a stand-alone system, but forms part of a network that can reach more people as opposed to just the priviledged few. So all this caused all the delays. but now its on track, thanks to the pressure of delivering a decent transport infrastructure for 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Environmentalists trying to kill an electric train? I suspect they were just wrapping themselves in the "green" flag, with other motives.
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Environmentalists trying to kill an electric train? I suspect they were just wrapping themselves in the "green" flag, with other motives.
The reason they're trying to kill the electric train is because of the source of the electricity. South Africa generally uses fossil fuels for energy and so the environmentalists are claiming that the Gautrain will be carbon neutral at best.

Personally I think this is simply stupid as anything to prevent further road congestion is a good thing. There is always the prospect for cleaner energy; cleaner congestion?... Naaaahhh...
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How is the Gautrain progressing?

haven't heard much lately but here is an article...

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How is the Gautrain progressing?

The Gautrain project is costing R3-million an hour, 24 hours a day. So said Barbara Jensen, spokesperson for Gauteng Province on the Gautrain at an update on the construction of the rapid-rail link.

By the end of the 2006/07 financial year, a total of R4,6-billion had already been spent on the Gautrain and R7,7-billion is expected to be spent by the end of July this year.

"It is difficult to say whether construction is on schedule as 80km of rail is being built. At some spots, we are ahead of schedule and others a little behind," she said.

Socio-economic developments on the project have also been advanced, with black people holding 35 percent shares in Bombela, the consortium building the rapid rail.

So far, R1-billion had been spent on procurement involving 190 BEE entities; R430-million on 60 new BEEs, and R380-million on over 130 small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs). A total of R440-million had been spent on South African materials and equipment.

So far, 4 900 unskilled and semi-skilled people have been trained and over 140 women are in training. The total labour force is 5 513, of which 4 997 are locals, 4 456 historically disadvantaged people, 440 women and 38 disabled.

International bridge-construction technology is being used to assemble Gautrain's viaduct decks. Viaducts are bridges that run over roads, rivers and valleys. There will be 15 on the 80km route.

There are two purpose-built launching girders, christened Hakuna and Matata. These lift and correctly fit precast segments with minimal disruption to traffic below.

Designed in Singapore and manufactured in China, these girders are 188m long and are hydraulically powered steel structures fitted on the sides of the viaducts.

Over the coming months, the erection of these segments will become visible at many locations along the route.

It is the first time that such equipment is being used in the country The segments are then glued together using an epoxy that also protects the joints against water.

Hakuna is working its way to Allandale Road and is expected to cross the busy road just after Easter.

The viaducts over Centenary Way in Modderfontein have been completed.

The viaduct concrete structures are being constructed at Gautrain's precast yard, which is situated between Marlboro and Midrand. It is the biggest precast manufacturer in Africa and is manufacturing 120m³ of concrete per hour.

Once the Gautrain is complete, the site will be used as a depot to house buses and carriages.

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For all the latest developments and up-to-date construction news and pics, please pay a regular visit to www.gautrain.co.za
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or check out the gautrain discussion thread in the south african forum.
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