MEC Ismail Vadi launches new Gautrain midi-bus routes at Marlboro station

Launch of three new midi-bus routes on Gautrain system

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, this morning launched three new midi-bus routes at the Gautrain Marlboro Station in Johannesburg.

Integration is key to ensuring a seamless journey on the public transport system and today we're launching three new midi-bus routes to Malboro Station from Kelvin, Buccleuch and Greenstone Mall, said Vadi.

Vadi added that the initiative by the Gautrain Management Agency is aimed at facilitating he integration of the taxi industry into the Gautrain system.

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 added.

This 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.

The midi-bus operations have proven successful in improving accessibility to public transport and the integration of Gautrain with other public transport services.

Vadi noted that 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 is 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, said Vadi.

Source: Government of South Africa