COMMUTER SOLUTIONS: Residents of Ekurhuleni will soon be able to reach OR Tambo airport easily with the roll-out of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Plan. Picture: Gallo Images
Ekurhuleni is planning to roll out a public transport system linking residents to the OR Tambo airport through its Integrated Rapid Public Transport Plan (IRPTP).
The municipality said this was part of a plan to encourage people to use public transport and also reduce the costs of travelling in the metro.
Residents in the municipality can already make use of Guatrain in Kempton Park and Rhodesfield to travel to the airport.
MMC for roads and transport Thumbu Mahlangu said that the IRPTP was part of the municipality’s pursuit for a better, safer, more reliable and convenient public transport system.
“Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has undertaken studies and surveys to determine the travel trends, public transport demands and to identify viable routes,” he said.
Mahlangu said the routes responded to the need for integration of road-based services with other modes of transport and were the results of a modal integration study that was commissioned.
He said that the entire public transport system was analysed and included the proposed Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) routes.
“From the above routes, route two was chosen for implementation because of its potential for intermodal connectivity with Prasa and Gautrain, together with linking major nodes such as Kempton Park, Rhodesfield and OR Tambo airport,” he said.
Mahlangu said Kempton Park was identified as a major development node for the metro, with Tembisa earmarked for urban renewal.
He said that the Tembisa to Kempton Park corridor had the second-highest demand for public transport services.
“It will serve the previously disadvantaged areas (PDAs) of Vosloorus, currently not serviced by a formal public transport system, and Tembisa, currently underserved by rail.
“This route will connect the two PDAs with the economic centres of Kempton Park, Boksburg and Benoni corridor, which will serve as the core economic area, the economic hub of Ekurhuleni,” he said.
Mahlangu said the area was to become the nucleus of the metropolitan, promoting the new image of the city. – 701189