Sunday, February 21, 2010

Struggles Continue for Johannesburg BRT

The New York Times takes a look at the struggles facing Johannesburg's bus rapid transit system -- both in terms of operation and local opposition.

The new Bus Rapid Transit systems planned for South Africa’s major cities in recent years have promised to ease those hardships by providing fast, affordable, dignified travel on bus lanes cleared of other vehicles.

Prodded by a national commitment to improve public transportation for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, Johannesburg is carrying out the nation’s most ambitious program. The city predicted that buses would be rolling from Soweto, where a quarter of the city’s four million residents live, to Sandton, the region’s commercial and financial hub, by June.

A Bus System Reopens Rifts in South Africa
The New York Times
February 21, 2010