The Bus Rapid Transit system will proceed, Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin said today.

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“The city leading the process [Johannesburg] around the first phases of BRT must continue… today we want to provide the green light to proceed,” he said at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Cronin was speaking after a meeting between Transport Minister Sibisisu Ndebele, senior transport officials and taxi bosses.

The meeting re-opened talks between the government and the taxi industry over the bus system and other industry concerns.

Two days, before the April election President Jacob Zuma backed a proposal to put the system on hold until after the polls when further negotiations could continue.

By 2025, the BRT system will cover 1400 kilometers across the country, should government’s plans proceed smoothly and the trial run, the current phase, proceeds successfully.

Government reiterated its commitment to the system saying that its introduction in four cities — Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria — was the first phase of putting it effect.

Cronin said government hoped the system in Johannesburg would be up and running by the end of August.

National government and the industry agreed to form a joint working group to deal with the issues raised by the industry, including the BRT system.