BRT fares unchanged for World Cup

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - Prices for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System will not increase during the 2010 FIFA World Cup according to Johannesburg's transport executive director.

Addressing a round-table meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Lisa Seftel, said they are planning to transport 20 000 spectators to both Ellis Park and Soccer City when the world cup commences.

With 17 000 people already using the BRT on a daily basis, Seftel said they have already employed 75 bus drivers to improve their services.

"A total of 100 drivers are still in training and we are planning to employ 100 more drivers in May. The City has planned to employ 275 drivers," she said.

The City's member of mayoral committee (MMC) responsible for transport, Rehana Moosajee, said BRT will be ready to transport football fans for the soccer spectacle.

"We are planning to transport 20 000 spectators to both Ellis Park and Soccer City on match days and we are convinced that we will be able to move spectators speedily and safely to the stadia as well as after the match," she said.

The first phase of the BRT was launched at the end of August last year to combat traffic congestion and improve the quality of public transport.

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