Dedicated Rea Vaya lanes are being closed to public traffic from today, in preparation for the much-anticipated launch of South Africa’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system at the end of August.

“The dedicated lanes were constructed specifically for Rea Vaya to ensure a fast and effective public transport system for our commuters,” says Rehana Moosajee, the member of the mayoral committee for transportation. “During August, barriers will be erected across the BRT lanes at all intersections to sensitise the public not to use those lanes.”

Rea Vaya will begin operating with a starter service on 30 August. Phase 1A routes will run from Regina Mundi Church to Orlando, in Soweto, along Pat Mbatha Highway to the inner city. Two loops in the inner city will link the stadium in Orlando to the stadium in Ellis Park through Joubert Park.

Road signs will be installed to indicate the “bus only” lanes and pointsmen will be deployed at key intersections to alleviate any congestion.

Moosajee added that illegally parked vehicles within the BRT corridors would be towed away. Additionally, road users should take note of special traffic signals intended for the BRT buses at intersections.

“Traffic lights at the various intersections will display a red or green bus to regulate the BRT buses specifically. Road users should take care and respond to the normal mixed lane traffic signal,” she explained.

The Johannesburg metropolitan police department will start implementing measures to ensure that the public complies with these lane closures. Lanes in the following roads will be closed:

From 14 August:

  • Market / Commissioner streets
  • Mooi /Troye streets
  • Smit / Wolmarans streets
  • Saratoga Road
  • Bertrams Road
  • Chris Hani Road
  • Klipspruitvalley Road
  • Sofasonke Road

From 21 August:

  • Miriam Makeba Road
  • Soweto Highway

For more information, visit the Rea Vaya website or contact the Joburg Call Centre on 011 375 5555.