Car Free Day

Ekurhuleni tests public transport system

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Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Mondli Gungubele, and members of the Mayoral Committee led by example when they took the train to work to mark Car Free Day on last week.

Members of the Mayoral Committee who observed the Car Free Day include Phelisa Nkunjana, Bennett Nikani, Mthuthuzeli Siboza, Zeni Tshongweni and Thumbu Mahlangu.

The occasion is part of the annual Transport Month commemoration and seeks to promote  the use of public transport to among other, raise awareness on the role of public transport in growing the economy and highlight challenges in transforming public transport. The City of Ekurhuleni is in its advance stage to launch a Bus Rapid Transport System in order to make the use of public transport within the city more user-friendly, convenient and cost-effective.

Upon their arrival at the Germiston train station, Gungubele admitted that work to introduce the Integrated Rapid Transport System must be fast tracked, stating that the fact that only 7% of commuters use trains, regardless of their cost-effectiveness, shows that the current public transport system is not responding to the needs of the people.

"It is crucial that we create an Integrated Public Transport System, working with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and other stakeholders, so as to provide our commuters with seamless means of public transport,” Gungubele said.

The Executive Mayor and his committee used bicycles to proceed to their offices at the Germiston Civic Centre.

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