Statistics compiled for the first ten days of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system show that it transports an average of 16 000 people every day.

This an 100% increase from the initial passenger count of 8 000 passengers, tallied shortly after the August 30 launch.

“The statistics indicate that Thokoza Park is the busiest station in the mornings, with approximately 1 900 commuters using the station to travel to destinations along the trunk route.

“The second busiest station is Diepkloof station, with about 1 400 commuters recorded every morning,” says City of Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee Rehana Moosajee.

The busiest stations during the afternoon peak are the Art Gallery station with an average of 1 300 commuters, and the Carlton and Library Gardens stations with more than 1 120 commuters each, she adds.

The City has launched a campaign running to September 30 to encourage commuters to provide suggestions on how the Rea Vaya system can be improved.

“We are basically in a testing phase with Rea Vaya, as this is the first system of its kind to be introduced,” says Moosajee.

“We are, however, serious about improving Rea Vaya and delivering a seamless public transport system. In order to do so, we need commuters to tell us how and where we can improve based on their first-hand experiences of using Rea Vaya.”

Commuters can SMS suggestions to 33422.