BRT Gets Rolling in Johannesburg

A new dedicated-lane bus rapid transit system has begun operations in Johannesburg, South Africa. The system is part of a nationwide plan to update public transit facilities as the country prepares to host the 2010 World Cup next June.

The system connects downtown Johannesburg with Soweto, the township on the outskirts of town set up during apartheid to contain black South Africans. The new BRT system expands transit in the city, which had previously consisted mainly of minibuses and taxis.

"Shiny new red and blue buses will now compete with dilapidated mini-buses and ageing trains that currently provide the backbone of South Africa's limping public transportation.

Under apartheid, the government intentionally created non-white neighbourhoods far from city centres to make it difficult for people of different races to mix.

Now transportation is a daily struggle for millions of commuters, and one of the main issues the government is trying to resolve ahead of the 2010 football World Cup."

Thanks to World Cup Planning

Full Story: New SAfrica bus system struggles with demand on its first day

Comments

Comments

Check it out

Wondering what the buzz about the Rea Vaya BRT is about ?- check them out on Facebook. They have a great collection of pictures posted to their group: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Rea+Vaya&init=quick#/album.php?aid=103...

Dare to be inspired by good ideas and innovation no matter where they begin - Recognise them, spread them - Be a part of the globalisation of information

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00