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Old May 4th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #121
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One of the many shafts along the tunneled route (this one is at Mushroom farm park)

Mind you, i have never seen mushrooms at this place. LOL

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Old May 24th, 2008, 09:27 AM   #122
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Wow, the African continent's first 'subway'. Finally!
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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #123
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Wow, the African continent's first 'subway'. Finally!
I think Cairo deserves this title..
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Old May 26th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #124
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One of the many shafts along the tunneled route (this one is at Mushroom farm park)

Mind you, i have never seen mushrooms at this place. LOL
maybe your looking for the wrong tye of mushrooms ;-)
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #125
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Impressive project. I remember when Melbourne had a big hole like that in what's now called "Melbourne Central".
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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:34 AM   #126
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JOHANNESBURG | Public Transport

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85xXs7JTt5k

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http://www.reavaya.org.za/

Looks like it will be a very high quality BRT system, planned integration with Gautrain and normal buses... Anyone planning to go to the World Cup?
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:56 AM   #127
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Sounds excellent, SA is looking up these days I guess

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REA VAYA which means "We are going!"
Does Sotho borrow words from Portuguese or something? Vaya also means go in spanish

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Old November 21st, 2008, 08:38 PM   #128
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Very good. It will be a welcome improvement as the Metro Buses are not that reliable actually.
But are they planing to upgrade the MetroRail between Park Station and Pretoria as well? With more safety and express services like the new "business" train between Soweto and Park Station? I don't mention the Gautrain as, with its higher fares, it is will target only middle-class passengers.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #129
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First BRT station opened in Joubert Park Street:



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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #130
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Gauteng Taxi Council commit to the BRT project due to open in May 2009!!

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THE Gauteng Taxi Council (GTC) has confirmed that taxi affiliates signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Johannesburg in December 2007, committing it to participate in good faith with the City's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

The issuing of the council's statement follows a summit in December 2008 of national taxi associations, in which accusations were levelled against two Johannesburg taxi groups -- the Top Six Taxi Association and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council (GJRTC) -- of misrepresenting the national taxi industry when signing the MoU.

"[The] Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council, which is an affiliate of Gauteng Taxi Council, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Johannesburg in December 2007 with the blessing of all affiliate Taxi Associations and only after thorough consultation process with the member Associations identified as affected by the BRT project in the Phase 1," said the GTC general secretary, Frans Mashishi, in the statement.

Mashishi emphasised that the MOU did not commit the taxi industry in Joburg to any aspect of the implementation of the BRT, but rather to "engage in good faith, on behalf of its members, with the City of Johannesburg with regard to the possible participation of the Taxi Operators in the proposed BRT project in Johannesburg".

Discussions between the taxi industry and the City have been ongoing since the beginning of 2007. These talks led to the signing in late October of that year of an MOU between Executive Mayor Amos Masondo and the Top Six Taxi Association chairman, Sicelo Mabaso. Another MOU was signed a few weeks later, in mid-December, between Masondo and Eric Motshwane, the chairman of the GJRTC.

After the signing the Taxi Steering Committee was formed, comprising both groups and a technical committee, made up of the 18 different associations affected by the BRT.

Rehana Moosajee, the mayoral committee member for transportation, welcomed the statement, saying it succeeded in setting the record straight. "There have been study tours, workshops, road shows and information-sharing sessions with the taxi industry."

In August 2007, the City, government officials and 10 members each from Top Six Taxi Management and the GJRTC visited Bogota and Pereira in Columbia, South America, to study the TransMilenio bus system, on which the BRT is based.

Mashishi confirmed that Motshwane had not at any time "acted outside of the mandate received from the Management Committee of the Regional Taxi Council comprising of all chairpersons of the affiliated Taxi Associations".

Mashishi said that the press statement represented the views of the entire executive committee of the Gauteng Taxi Council.

In the coming months there are to be meetings in all nine provinces between the taxi associations and the national government, and a national framework is to be produced.

Meanwhile, Moosajee says that the BRT project is on track, with the tender for bus procurement about to be awarded.

The BRT foresees exclusive median bus lanes; separate, closed median stations about 500 metres apart; bus frequencies of three to five minutes apart in peak times and 10 minutes apart in off-peak times; a GIS-based control centre; smart card fare technology; buses running from 5am to midnight; and a model that incorporates incumbent taxi and bus operators.

The first phase of construction, Phase 1A, will be completed in May this year, in time for the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

On average, commuters in Joburg spend one hour and 78 minutes travelling to work. Some 72 percent of all public transport trips are made on taxis.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #131
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Old January 17th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #132
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I think BRT is an excellent idea in warmer climes and in places where money is very linited. It sure beats one line of LRT.................good work SA!
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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #133
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Bus industry eagerly awaits news on 2010 tenders



Bus manufacturers in South Africa are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the successful bidders to supply buses to government's various bus transport projects around the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Already-delayed announcements were expected in December or early January, depending on the project, but nothing has been forthcoming yet.

The bus industry warned last year that further delays could jeopardise local production and job creation opportunities.

Mercedes-Benz Bus & Coach divisional manager Jan Aichinger says his company has been short-listed for the Johannesburg Rea Vaya bus rapid transport (BRT) system; the bus service that will feed the Gautrain rapid-rail link project; as well as the Department of Transport's (DOT's) 2010 FIFA World Cup bus transport project.

Indications are that the winning bidder to supply buses for the Rea Vaya system will be announced on Wednesday.

Aichinger says the local bus industry expects an announcement on the successful bidders for the Durban and Port Elizabeth BRT systems in the first quarter of this year, with the tender process for Cape Town's BRT system only kicking off this month.

"All I know is that Mercedes-Benz has been notified that they are short-listed for three major tenders.

"All these tenders are in their final stages of being awarded," says Aichinger.

"We expect full information from the soccer World Cup committee in the first quarter of 2009."

Government plans to acquire 1 422 buses for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, excluding the BRT systems.

Following the global sports event, the aim is for these buses to be used by Autopax for its long-distance bus service, and by public transport systems countrywide.

Autopax is a wholly-owned subsidiary of parastatal Transnet. The company operates the Translux and City-to-City services.

Of the 1 422 buses, it is envisaged that 210 luxury coaches will be used by the World Cup Local Organising Committee, 286 semi-luxury coaches and 189 intercity coaches by Match, with 258 intercity coaches and 479 commuter buses to be used for general spectator demands.

Match is the company appointed to provide ticketing, accommodation and event information technology services to FIFA for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In total, South Africa's bus-builders are to deliver an expected 2 200 commuter and luxury buses over the next 16 months for projects around the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The general South African market requires, on average, around 1 500 buses a year.

Officials from DOT say they are unable to indicate when an announcement on the 2010 tender can be expected.

MAN Truck and Bus northern Europe regional manager Geoff du Plessis warned last year that delays in awarding local bus tenders could negate the job creation and skills training benefits locked up in these tenders.

"Building buses is very labour intensive with long lead times . . . the delayed allocation of tenders will cause capacity constraints by 2010," noted Du Plessis.

MAN Truck and Bus South Africa management board member Ray Karshagen added that it took the company at least 800 work-hours to build a commuter bus, and up to 1 600 work-hours for a luxury coach.

"It's, therefore, imperative that the officials responsible give priority to awarding the tenders so that local bus builders can start the process," he explained.

Aichinger also noted last year already that South Africa has the capacity to built all the buses required for the 2010 FIFA World Cup locally, but that "the current timelines are jeopardising local production".

He added on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz remained "optimistic about the future of buses and that our recent investment in our dedicated bus line at our plant in East London offers engineering excellence and local investment, together with job creation and skill development opportunities in these difficult times".

The bus market is the only segment of the local vehicle market expected to show growth in 2009.

- http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...ers-2009-01-27
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Old January 28th, 2009, 08:29 AM   #134
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The BRT is a good transportation system, very economical and flexible. I am very happy to know that your city has adopted this system and even more in coming days a spectacle of major proportions.

I would love to see more successful this project. If you have pictures and renders of them would be very interesting to know.

Greetings!!
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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:03 AM   #135
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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:13 AM   #137
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Gauteng intellgent transport system undergoes final testing

By: Fatima Gabru
12 Dec 08

The infrastructure implementation of the 180-km areawide expansion to the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) has been completed, with final systems and site acceptance testing of devices currently being undertaken, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) ITS project manager Gail Bester.

ITS draws upon advanced and integrated information processing, telecommunications and electronic technology to provide a safer and more efficient transportation system on freeways.

The aims of the ITS are to improve incident management by reducing delays and managing the adverse effects of incidents, improving traffic flow and reducing congestion by smart management on Gauteng's freeways. It is also aimed at increasing road safety and providing road users with timely and accurate information on traffic conditions, as well as evaluating the effectiveness and benefits of ITS technologies to improve road use efficiencies with a view to possible further deployment.

These aims will be achieved by the deployment of several forms of ITS technology which include a centralised network management centre (NMC), closed circuit television camera (CCTV), variable message signs (VMS), loops and other detection and traffic information devices.

A key component of the ITS project is the interaction and enhancement of existing incident management systems (IMS) in order to coordinate and facilitate faster emergency and incident response. This will be achieved by improving the lines of communication, and the speed and efficiency of notification between the incident location and the IMS.

Bester comments, "Although many of these systems have been implemented internationally, they are not necessarily transferable and therefore have to be adapted for the local environment. Additionally, operating strategies can only be determined once certain parameters such as network type, number of road users, the frequency of disturbances and its effect on traffic flow are analysed and quantified."

She says that the implementation of the ITS system displays a shift from building further road infrastructure to cope with current demands, to improve the efficiencies of current networks. This is a proactive approach oriented towards improving efficiencies and meeting user needs. This operations approach refocus is also consistent with the mission of developing sustainable transport and at the same time being environmentally sensitive.

Initial Pilot Project
The initial ITS pilot project was launched in October 2006 on a 21 km stretch between the Brakfontein and Buccleuch interchanges, which is one of the most heavy traffic bearing sections on the Gauteng freeway network. The initial pilot project section has been implemented and is fully operational.

Bester says that the testing of devices and technologies on the pilot project provided Sanral with an opportunity to evaluate the system and determine the appropriate technologies, with regard to technology design, implementation and operational strategies.

Bester outlined the lessons learnt from the first phase which included changes in the ducting used, changes in manhole design to reduce theft risk and the use of pan-tilt-zoom and dome cameras in place of fixed cameras, which provides much better coverage of the network. She says that the dome cameras are also significantly cheaper. Ramp metering was monitored and evaluated and surveys indicated that under certain circumstances, it can reduce travel time. Ramp metering is the use of traffic signals at freeway onramps to control the rate of vehicles entering the freeway.

She adds that the use of the shoulder lane to provide additional infrastructure capacity worked well, but is currently not operational, owing to the GFIP upgrades. Use of the shoulder lane will be implemented at other locations in the future. Knowledge of incidents improved dramatically where CCTV coverage was implemented, in terms of real-time response times, location of incidents and the recording of accident incident information.

The total amount for the pilot project and the areawide expansion amounted to about R150-million over a three-year implementation period.

Infrastructure Implementation
The initial project included the NMC, system integration software, the implementation of shoulder-lane control, ramp metering, inductive traffic loops, CCTV and VMS, a wireless and fibre optics communications backbone, and the use of short messaging systems as a dissemination tool.

The areawide expansion of the ITS included the extension of the CCTV surveillance and the communication system, the installation of the fibre optics infrastructure and the roll out for 40 new VMS.

Further technologies and strategies will be continuously be implemented to enhance the use of the freeway network.

Bester says that during the implementation of the infrastructure, challenges were experienced which delayed the project. She says that the implementation was severely hampered as a result of electrical cable and fibre theft and damage owing to vandalism, which compromised the stability of the communications network and the ability to obtain visuals. Delivery delays were also experienced on the imported components of the system.

She comments that Sanral has implemented, and is further investigating, measures to ensure a reliable communications and surveillance system, through additional communications backup systems

She says that there is continuous evaluation and monitoring of communications links between the different role players. These include the emergency services such as the fire department, the ambulance service, the South African Police Service and the traffic police.

"Sanral is largely dependent on the cooperation of external role players in achieving some of the objectives to improve incident management and safety. These communication and response protocols are being enhanced with the different role players to ensure prompt notification and response to incidents," she concludes.

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Joburg surveillance zooms in
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December 11 2008 at 06:50AM


As of Thursday, every street in central Joburg is under camera surveillance, number plates are picked up by computers and run through the eNaTIS system, and response teams are ready to pounce.

Joburg's new CCTV Surveillance Centre - a state-of-the-art set-up, owned and managed by the Joburg metro police department (JMPD) - was launched by mayor Amos Masondo on Wednesday, and is officially up and running.

Already the system has shown to be effective in its initial trial phase, with footage recorded by the 216 new cameras poised around the city centre having captured scores of smash-and-grabs, crashes, muggings and even a murder.

Visuals on screens at Wedneday's launch showed footage of a smash-and-grabber targeting his victim and sprinting off with his loot, only to be confronted and caught a mere seven seconds later.

Horrific footage of a well-built thug beating a man in front of onlookers and later casually gouging into his abdomen with a broken bottle was followed by images of him being confronted by uniformed policemen.

"These were all incidents that happened recently," said JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

The R42-million system is said to be the biggest communication set-up in Africa, and a world first in terms of cameras being able to pick up number plates and run them through an eNaTIS check that will show whether the car is stolen and list all outstanding fines within two seconds.

"We are now picking up an average of five or six stolen cars each day," said Thys le Grange, the technical director of Omega Risk Solutions, the company contracted to set up and administer the centre.

"We have a dedicated fire network with enough fibre to stretch from here to Namibia, making it the strongest fibre network in Africa."

The system links 216 cameras covering the CBD, Braamfontein, Hillbrow and Joubert Park. Each camera has a 3km zoom range. The images are played out on screens at the centre and monitored by specially trained personnel, who are in contact with response teams on the ground.

The images are converted from video signal to digital format and stored on a 420 terrabyte hard drive weighing 3,5 tons. They are stored in high resolution for 60 days and another 60 days in low resolution, before they are deleted, with all captured incidents being stored permanently.

"There are six dedicated reaction units and the average response time is 60 seconds," Le Grange explained.

The new Surveillance Centre replaces a former CCTV set-up which was more expensive, with far less capacity and was not owned by the city, nor was the JMPD in charge.

Masondo said the new technology was intended to beef up safety in the city and was not intended to do away with visible policing, which would continue as normal.

Another feature of the new centre is the Interactive Remote Monitoring Control Room, which is a similar system of surveillance cameras linked to screens and watched by trained personnel.

These cameras, however, are placed at specific businesses and homes who have registered for it, and have panic buttons and other controls in place to alert the control room in the case of crime.

"At the moment, our trial sites are filling stations and ATMs which are being targeted," said Le Grange, adding that the control room operators are linked to the site via audio and other technology.

"For example, if our operator spots a guy robbing a petrol station, he can get on the microphone and yell 'Are you crazy? We're watching you, don't do it'. And then, if the guy goes ahead, we can fire pepper gas, water or smoke at him, or even shock him. We have that kind of technology," he said.
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