Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Improved transport system set to benefit the masses


By Tina George
27 November 2007


The MEC for Transport and Public Works, Marius Fransman will launch and showcase the works of the new Public Transport Improvement programme at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday and Friday.

The new five year programme will change the way buses, minibus taxis and trains operate in the city.

Key features of the new system includes services that will operate 24/7, vehicles accessible to the disabled and the issuing of the smart card ticketing system that will be used for all modes of transport.

“George and Simon’s Town will be the first areas to be given attention in order to test the success of the new programme,” says Head of Transport Department, Thami Manyathi.

Manyati added that by 2010 the programme will be a third way through and the Cape winelands area will be looked at after 2010.

“Taxi operators will be formalised into companies who will enter in contracts with government to provide public transport services. Bus operators will also be brought in and liked up with the taxi companies,” says Manyathi

The public is encouraged to use and promote public transport.

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