Transport in Southern Africa is set to be revolutionised with a R400 million revamp to Johannesburg’s iconic Park Station.
The revamp, set for completion in October 2018, is currently underway.
The Kazerne transport facility will integrate local and reginal transport and will be used as a rank for and to host long distance and cross border taxis and buses travelling from Johannesburg to other SADC countries.
The facilities will also see the construction of new Rea Vaya routes to areas currently not serviced by Johannesburg’s rapid bus transport system.
Residents of Alexandra, Wynberg, Orange Grove and Sandton will have nearly 150 dedicated Rea Vaya buses mon their streets by October next year.
Johannesburg Tranport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba, said construction of the Kazerne transport hub, which began in 2014, was due to be complete by June next year.
She said it would minimize the distance had to walk to reach different forms of transport.
“we are addressing the ill effects of the past and implementing programs that link residents to economic opportunities and bring quality transport services closer to the people.”
She said the facility would ease the plight of the poor.
Makhuba said by September there would a dedicated public transport loop around the Sandton business district.
“This should make it easier for commuters using buses and minibus taxis to end or start their journey in Sandton.”
She said the construction of the new Rea Vaya routes would create both temporary and permanent jobs.