Three newly launched midi-bus routes at the Gautrain Marlboro Station in Johannesburg, facilitates the integration of the taxi industry into the Gautrain system, says Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi.
“The participation of the taxi industry in the Gautrain system facilitates job creation and the establishment of formal and sustainable businesses within the taxi industry,” Vadi said on Monday.
The MEC was addressing the launch of the three new midi-bus routes to Malboro Station from Kelvin, Buccleuch and Greenstone Mall. This is an initiative by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA).
The midi-buses model has been implemented in other areas along the Gautrain System such as in Centurion.
It enables the taxi industry to provide scheduled, safe and reliable public transport services that serve as an extension to the Gautrain service.
Vadi said in the last year the midi-bus operations transported more than 16 000 commuters per month, which increased the train ridership.
He said the number of commuters using the midi-bus service has steadily increased.
This growth has been attributed to the planning interventions and the improvement of operational efficiencies of the Gautrain system implemented by the GMA.
“Public transport links and integrates whole communities and facilitates the seamless movement of people, goods and services. It also helps us to re-fashion geography and spatially reconfigure the Gauteng City Region along the five development corridors identified by the provincial government,” Vadi said. – SAnews.gov.za