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Public Transport News

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 2018 Following the meeting held on Thursday between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union, negotiations to find a settlement in the current wage dispute have resumed on Friday and will continue over the course of the weekend. If no... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

Another Metrorail train on fire in Cape Town, bringing the number of incidents to five

By: News24Wire      26th July 2018 Yet another Metrorail train was in flames in Cape Town on Thursday - this time in Retreat. It is the fifth such incident in Cape Town this year. "Yes, we have confirmation that it is in Retreat," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott was still waiting for further details. Fire... 

Gautrain operator requests meeting with union to avoid planned strike

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2018 Gautrain-operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) on Wednesday told Engineering News Online that it remains open to further wage negotiations with trade union, the United National Transport Union (UNTU), after its wage offer was rejected. BOC has requested a meeting with UNTU on July 26. 

Brics bank approves $600m loans for South African, Chinese projects

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 The New Development Bank, set up by the Brics group of emerging economies, has approved loans of $300-million for energy projects in South Africa and $300-million for a transportation project in China. South Africa, which will host a Brics summit later this week in Johannesburg, is trying to... 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Gautrain employees who are members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) will embark on a protected strike from July 30. The majority of UNTU members working for the Gautrain voted in favour of a strike at an UNTU mass meeting held in Midrand, on Monday. 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

Light rail line in Nigeria's capital opens to passengers

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 Nigeria has opened a new Chinese-built light railway network in the capital Abuja after 11 years of construction, a rare transport project in a nation where economic growth has been stymied for generations by a lack of infrastructure development. Passengers were permitted this week to ride the... 

Transforming public transport hubs key to better city living, says US professor

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2018 Creating transit-oriented developments (TODs) is one way to build a more sustainable city with lower car use and higher density, says University of California, Berkeley, city and regional planning professor emeritus Robert Cervero. TODs refer to public transport hubs evolving into a “place to... 

 Transforming public transport hubs key to better city living, says US professor

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2018 Gauteng’s three metros, and all other providers of public transport in the province, will be able to retain their various services’ individualised branding under the new Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. This means that a system such as the... 

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019
GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

Alstom, Lagos government to collaborate on first two Blue Line metro phases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 French multinational Alstom has signed a heads of agreement with the Lagos state government, which is represented by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Lamata), for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Lagos Blue Line metro, in Nigeria.  

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 Current traffic growth on Gauteng’s e-toll freeways is running at around 4%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) planning, toll and transportation project engineer Alan Robinson. This means the current volume of 1.25-million people-trips a day on the e-toll freeway network... 

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018

Gauteng aims for integrated public transport ticketing in 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2018 Gauteng commuters should, in 2020, be able to use one card/ticket for all their public transport journeys, across all modes, such as rail and bus. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Go Green, Go Smart conference in Midrand on Wednesday, Gautrain Management Agency technical and project services... 

Gauteng Transport Authority Bill approved by Cabinet, Gautrain 2 ‘held back’ by Treasury

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2018 The bill to establish a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) has been approved by Cabinet. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Go Green, Go Smart conference in Midrand on Tuesday, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said the bill would now be tabled at the Gauteng legislature “within the... 

Gauteng Transport Authority Bill approved by Cabinet, Gautrain 2 ‘held back’ by Treasury
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Metrorail bleeds passengers, has funds to turn around, says planning GM

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2018 Metrorail used to transport around 700-million people a year in the 1980s. Today, however, it is moving 300-million people a year. “We are sitting at an unprecedented level in terms of the performance of our trains,” says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) strategic network planning GM... 

Metrorail bleeds passengers, has funds to turn around, says planning GM

Digital revolution sees ticketless rail future, says Trenitalia

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 The digital revolution will soon affect rail operations at a station and ticketing level, said Trenitalia passenger affairs deputy director Enrico Trapazzo at Africa Rail, held in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Barrier-less ticketing will enable passengers to walk straight through a station and... 

Metrorail does not run where people stay, work

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2018 Metrorail does not currently run “where the people are”, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. Metrorail is operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). 

Metrorail does not run where people stay, work

PRASA welcomes new CEO

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday welcomed its new group CEO, Sibusiso Sithole, who has been appointed for a period of 12 months, effective June 1. Appointed to stabilise PRASA, Sithole is the former eThekwini municipality city manager and Umgeni Water Board GM. 

PRASA welcomes new CEO

Taxi industry calls for subsidies at public transport market inquiry, bemoans planning weakness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2018 The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Monday voiced its concerns about the state of the taxi industry on the first day of the Competition Commission’s land-based public passenger transport market inquiry, which is in its information gathering phase. The inquiry will look at various... 

Competition Commission to host public hearings into public passenger transport sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 The Competition Commission will hold public hearings into the land-based public passenger transport market from June 4 to 6, at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, and from June 7 to 8 at Manhattan Hotel, in Pretoria.  

JDA undertakes R52m public transport facility upgrades

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has appointed Alberton-based road construction company Boitshoko Construction Road & Surfacing to undertake the first phase upgrade of the Merafe railway station, in Soweto.   

More pain at the pumps: Huge fuel price hikes for June – AA 

By: News24Wire      31st May 2018 Fuel prices will jump to record highs in June on the back of stronger international oil prices, and a deficit carried over from April. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF).   The Rand... 

 More pain at the pumps: Huge fuel price hikes for June – AA

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Commission invites participation in public passenger transport market inquiry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The Competition Commission will, from June to August, hold public hearings as part of its inquiry into the public passenger transport market and is inviting market participants, the public and other interested groups to take part.  

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 French multinational Alstom has completed the first tram line for the city of Sétif, in Algeria.  

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city
Alstom tram line for Ouargla, Algeria

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2018 Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The deal was expected to reach financial close at the end of... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 There was fresh hope for commuters dealing with Day 15 of the national bus strike, as unions and employers agreed to meet again to try and break the deadlock, the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Wednesday. 'It's D-Day," said SARPBC secretary general Gary Wilson,... 

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Labour unions involved in a bus strike, which has left thousands of commuters stranded across South Africa, were meeting on Monday to map the way forward as the protest neared its third week. South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela told the African... 

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 The five unions involved in the national bus drivers' strike have slammed efforts at resolving the almost two-week long impasse, saying despite interventions at the highest levels the parties remain "far apart" and that the strike action will continue into the long weekend. In a statement issued... 

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

Metrorail delays hit Cape Town commuters, as bus strike continues

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 Commuters in Cape Town already in the midst of a bus strike have to contend with a near breakdown of train services, after Metrorail announced massive delays across its network on Friday morning. The company said there were delays of more than 60 minutes on all lines heading into Cape Town, due... 

Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport heard. The Department of Transport (DoT) on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s committee on the annual performance plan for the 2018/19 financial... 

 Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande
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Transport Minister Blade Nzimande

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 Today, ride-hailing accounts for 4% of all miles driven globally. By 2030 it will be 25%, says Uber Technologies public policy head Yolisa Kani. In South Africa, Uber has proven most popular when people spend an evening out. 

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030
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