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BRT Systems - Department backs integrated public transport projects
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport supports the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems being implemented in various metropolitan municipalities in the province. These projects are an essential part of the 25-year Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25) adopted by the Department.
Bus Rapid Transit systems are central to plans to the attainment of an integrated public transport in the city-region. The Department, on the other hand, has indicated that these systems must be fully integrated with other modes of public transport. These include the Gautrain Rapid Rail system, Metrorail services, municipal bus services and subsidized bus operations. Progress has also been made in significantly integrating the Rea Vaya BRT and Gautrain systems where the infrastructure intersects. The plan is have both systems complementing each other. Johannesburg’s Park Station is an example of modal integration of these two systems.
Delivering a speech in the Provincial Legislature on 29 June, MEC Ismail Vadi indicated that “progress has been made on the rollout of Bus Rapid Transit Systems across all three metropolitan municipalities with both Tshwane and Ekurhuleni scheduled to open new routes next month”.
The Department has also said that the BRT infrastructure should be rolled-out more efficiently, reduce costs and that services be rendered within planned timeframes. It stressed that strategic public transport networks are implemented on time, within budget and with quality. This has necessitated a review, by municipalities, of original designs to ensure infrastructure costs are reduced. This will also require BRT Operating Companies to introduce cost-efficient measures to ensure financial viability of operations.
This is in response to repeated calls by communities for reliable, affordable, safe and accessible public transport services.  
Intense discussions are taking place across three spheres of government to ensure BRT systems are implemented as a matter of urgency.
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