The Rea Vaya Phase 1B which runs from Soweto and pass through Noordegesig, New Canada, Pennyville, Bosmont, Coronationville, Newclare, Westbury, Westdene, Melville, Auckland Park and Parktown and linking to the CBD, is set to be operational in October this year.
This is in line with the announcement made by the Executive Mayor, Mpho Parks Tau during his State of the City Address in Johannesburg early this year, where he emphasised that Rea Vaya is one of the key catalysts of transit orientated development and of developing “corridors of freedom” in the City of Joburg.
For the average Joburger the option to live in close proximity to public transport facilities with easy access to the city and to make use of an improved transport system will be a life-changing experience.
The extension of this bus transit route which has potential to carry 40 000 passengers daily which starts in June 2013, is likely to be received with great excitement. The faster, safer and cost-effective Rea Vaya bus service has been exceeding its daily target of transporting 80 000 passengers daily
The new services will be using 134 new busses as well which have been manufactured locally. Residents and students will be able to travel to universities and hospitals much easier via Rea Vaya.
As the Rea Vaya continues to be implemented, integration with other modes will become more central.The Phase 1C plan includes the construction of three larger scale multi-modal interchanges at Sandton, Westgate and Pan Africa in Alexandra to enable passengers to transfer between Gautrain, PRASA rail, Metrobus, mini bus and metered taxi modes.At the same time as the construction of dedicated bus routes, there will be a significant upgrading of roads and pathways for cycling and walking - especially in Alexandra, Wynberg, Marlboro and the Sandton CBD.
The new Rea Vaya system will start operating on the 14 October 2013.