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Could The City of Tshwane’s new Bus Rapid Transit System be a solution for managing road traffic and ease traffic congestion on Pretoria’s roads? Let’s hope so!
Tshwane Rapid Transport Services proudly bears the name chosen by the public: A Re Yeng.
The City of Tshwane started the construction of South Africa’s latest bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Arcadia, Hatfield, on the 11th of July 2012.
The R2.6-billion Tshwane BRT system, which formed part of the city’s revitalisation project, is part of a global BRT concept, with more than 47 BRT systems operating worldwide.
The Tshwane BRT sytem will consist of a total of some 80 kilometres of bus lines, comprising of 62 stations and will run from Mabopane through Pretoria CBD, past Menlyn and on to Mamelodi.
The system will consist of about 340 buses, some of which would be powered by gas.
The buses will travel along dedicated bus lanes in the centre of the roadway allowing you to avoid the traffic and get to your destination faster, safer and on time.
The BRT buses will run from five in the morning until midnight at two to four minute intervals during peak periods, and seven to ten minutes during off-peak periods.
Pretoria will be the 4th city in South Africa with a bus rapid transit system, joining the City of Johannesburg, the City of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
The first A Re Yeng bus was unveiled to the public in Hatfield on 30 April 2014.
Construction from Kotze Street to University Road started in April 2013 and will be completed by the second quarter of 2014. The inception phase is currently 80% complete, and construction has started on six of the seven stations.
The inception phase for A Re Yeng operations is 7,2 km in length and runs via Sunnyside from the Pretoria CBD (from the corner of Nana Sita and Paul Kruger Streets) in the west to Hatfield in the east. It also connects to the Gautrain station in Hatfield.
There will be seven stations along the route: two in the CBD, three in Sunnyside, one at Loftus Versfeld Stadium and one in Hatfield.
Pretoria in favour of A Re Yeng: