Thursday, June 4, 2009

Joburg BRT System Still Needs Ticket Operator

Johannesburg's new bus rapid transit system is coming online. The first part of the system is expected to be operational in time for the Confederations Cup soccer tournament that begins June 14. Though a request for bids has been released, no firm has yet been selected to operate the system's automated ticketing capability.

The City of Joburg mayoral committee member for transport Rehana Moosajee recently announced the BRT system will be “completed on a sufficient scale to serve the needs of the Confederations Cup”. Moosajee stated the BRT fare system – which forms part of the intelligent transport system implementation – would be available in time for the Confederations Cup.

The cashless, prepaid, electronic ticketing system was supposed to enable the BRT system to transport 69 300 passengers per day, but this number could decrease if the tender is not finalised.

The first phase of the project is set to cost R2.5 billion. Phase 1A of the BRT was supposed to be in place by May to support the Confederations Cup. Phase 1B is scheduled to be completed by the next May, in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The first phase is set to be completed by 2013 and the whole system will be fully deployed beyond 2020.

BRT e-ticketing delayed
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