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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!
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.
Bus rapit transit sytems typically involves dedicated bus way corridors on segregated lanes.
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.
Speaking at the construction site in July 2012, executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said that the system would go live after the completion of the first phase of the project in April 2014.
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.
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