‘If you want public transport to work well it has to be a mode of choice’

Callers have been complaining about the escalating costs of the Gautrain and the impact on monthly costs.

Residents are looking for efficient, safe and affordable transport that can plug into an active economy, and contributes positively towards the growth of the country and employment.

CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency Jack van der Merwe talks to Eusebius about the state of transport in South Africa and addresses some of the public's concerns about the affordability of the Gautrain.

Van der Merwe says that the Gautrain was established as a long-term economic development project, he adds that to stimulate economic growth in Gauteng, you need to address issues around public transport.

We have created about 135 000 jobs so there is economic growth.

Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency

Van der Merwe says that from an economic side, the establishment of the Gautrain has been successful, but from a public transport side the issue stems from the fact that South African’s only use transport because they don’t have a choice.

If you want public transport to work well, it has to be a mode of choice.

Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency

The Gautrain has been successful in making it a mode of choice says van der Merwe. He adds that 77% of our riders are car owners who’ve made the choice to use public transport.

Van der Merwe says that they are creating a transport authority that will oversee all public transport. He adds that the Gautrain cannot be the silver bullet and adds that there needs to be an integrated relationship between various modes of transport like taxi’s, buses and the metro rail.

Click on the link below to hear more issues that the public have with the Gautrain…


This article first appeared on 702 : ‘If you want public transport to work well it has to be a mode of choice’


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