Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BRT users say everyone must join on Car-Free Day

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 October 2009

Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system users have called on other commuters to leave their cars at home and “get on the bus” on Car-Free Day today.

Sibusiso Mfumbotha, a regular user of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Orlando East, said the BRT system was “safe, quicker and much cheaper than using your own transport”.

Car-Free Day is marked on 20 October and is one of the highlights of Transport Month. It encourages commuters to use public transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

In Johannesburg, Transport Month could not have come at a better time, with the city’s Rea Vaya BRT system in full swing.

To emphasise the importance of Car-Free Day, the city and its provincial partner, the Department of Roads and Transport, have arranged several events, including a concert at the Johannesburg Stadium.

At the event the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Bheki Nkosi will highlight the benefits of using public transport.

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