Rea Vaya back on the streets

Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit will extend its service when the City of Johannesburg completes its phase 1A rollout next month.

Transport ME C Rehana Moosajee said yesterday that complementary and feeder buses will start running from March 1. Another service would be introduced on May 3.

They will cover parts of Soweto and the outskirts of the city centre.

Moosajee said this did not mean a death knell for the taxi industry.

“There has never been any plan to phase out the taxi industry. However, it cannot be the only means of public transport. It will be a question of choice for commuters as to what transport they want to use.”

A complementary service will run directly from Dobsonville to Johannesburg city centre and Ellis Park.

The feeder bus system will operate from Naledi to Thokoza Park, Jabavu to Lake View and Mofolo to Boomtown.

“The final service scheduled for May 3 will include a complementary service from Dobsonville to Maponya Mall and feeder services from Protea Glen and Eldorado Park to Thokoza Park station .

“A CBD distribution service will be reintroduced to link the trunk services with Braamfontein, Wits University and Hillbrow.”

Tickets to trunk routes will cost R9,50 a single trip and tickets from Dobsonville to the city centre R6.

The council’s executive director Lisa Seftel said the trunk route ticket, which costs R5, will go up R1.

A smart card system will be introduced in October . “This will be like loading airtime . You will load any amount you want and use it any time.”

Moosajee said BRT would carry 20000 spectators during the soccer World Cup. The whole phase 1A has cost R3billion.