Catch the Rea Vaya to games

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Johannesburg - A special World Cup service is set to be laid on by Rea Vaya, Joburg's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, on match days to get football fans to the stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"The most watched sporting event on the globe kicks off in our country in a few days and requires a world-class public transport solution. And the Rea Vaya BRT system is a critical part of that," says the City's portfolio head of transport, Rehana Moosajee.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins on 11 June in Johannesburg, and ends on 11 July, with the final again played in Jozi.

The city has two match venues - Ellis Park on the eastern edge of the CBD, and Soccer City in the west on the outskirts of Soweto, reports Joburg.org.

Moosajee says the Rea Vaya service schedule applicable during the World Cup will include an event service that will run on match days from Constitution Hill, in Braamfontein, and Westgate Station, in the inner city, as well as from other Rea Vaya stations in the CBD and Soweto.

There will be a Rea Vaya Park and Ride at Constitution Hill; and there is parking at Westgate Station.

"We urge spectators to buy their tickets early so that they can get space at their preferred [parking] venue."

Spectators using the Constitution Hill Park and Ride will receive a Rea Vaya return ticket included in the parking fee. Passengers boarding at other Rea Vaya stations are encouraged to buy a return ticket at a cost of R12 to avoid queuing for tickets after the match.

"We are planning to transport 20 000 spectators to both Ellis Park and Soccer City on match days and will be able to move spectators speedily and safely to the game and after the game has finished.

"This means we have had to reconfigure some of the service schedule times for optimum usage," said Moosajee.

This means that with Rea Vaya performing its special service on match days, the usual service will not run as normal on those days:

* On Friday, 11 June, normal services will stop from 11am and there will be no afternoon peak time service.

* On Saturday, 12 June, normal services will stop from 12 noon and there will be a limited afternoon service only for T1, which is to Thokoza Park.

* On Monday, 14 June, there will be no normal service from 9am.

* On Tuesday, 15 June, normal services will stop from 4pm and there will be a limited afternoon service to Thokoza Park only.

* On Thursday, 17 June, there will be no normal Rea Vaya service from 9am.

* On Friday, 18 June, normal services will stop from 11am.

* On Monday, 21 June, normal services will stop from 4pm, with a limited service going to Thokoza Park only.

* On Wednesday, 23 June, normal services will not run from 4pm.

* On Thursday, 24 June, normal services will stop from 11am.

* On Monday, 28 June, normal services will stop from 4pm, with a limited service to Thokoza Park only.

* On Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 July, normal services will stop at 4pm.

Lisa Seftel, the executive director of transport in the City, apologises to commuters for the inconvenience. "The World Cup is here ... we must all play our role for the games to succeed."

For more information on the Park and Rides, visit the Rea Vaya website (www.reavaya.org.za/) or contact Joburg Connect on (011) 375-5555.

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