MOVING PEOPLE IN GAUTENG
The project is about people who want mobility, who want development. It is about people on the move
Seen from Government’s commitment to its people, Gautrain is not only about a train. It is about people who are proud of what their nation can do! People who yearn for freedom of movement! People who hunger for upward mobility! People who are part of the development in and around them! It is about people on the move! “Gautrain is life changing” was a comment given by one of the first passengers when opening the route between Johannesburg and Pretoria on August 2 2011.
This is exactly what the Gauteng Provincial Government’s vision is through Gautrain; for the sustainable socio-economic, political, cultural, sporting and environmental development of the province – a lifestyle change. An important part of that vision is the freedom of movement for citizens through an integrated, world-class public transport system. Gautrain represents a critical step in the realisation of that vision.
One of the strategic objectives of Gautrain, inter alia, is the improvement of accessibility and mobility in the JohannesburgPretoria corridor. By providing a safe, convenient, predictable and affordable public transport system in this corridor, Gautrain is changing the perception of public transport in South Africa. This will hopefully persuade car users to swap congested roads for the speed and comfort of Gautrain.
Whilst achieving other strategic goals, Gautrain has not forgotten about those people it is moving everyday. Fares, safety and security and comfort comes first to mind.
The determined fares are based on the principle of affordability and are highly competitive compared to other modes of public transport. They are sufficiently price-attractive to create a substantial shift from private car use to public transport in the form of Gautrain.
Gautrain is not competing with other modes of public transport, such as taxis and buses, which all have an important role to play in the total transport system. Therefore, a lower limit, which is more expensive than the other existing modes of public transport, was set for the Gautrain fares.
Gautrain moves commuters each day in all directions providing economic mobility and the convenience of door-to-door commuting. The Gautrain system also comprises a fleet of modern low-entrance and low-emission buses with comfortable seating, providing feeder and distribution services to and from the Gautrain stations.
The municipal Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) services are also integrated with Gautrain at some of the Gautrain stations. Commuters, therefore, will not have to experience the same frustrations and delays as motorists associated with escalating traffic congestion.
Since the commencement of operations of the airport link in June 2010, approximately 41 million passengers have used the Gautrain on both the airport and general passenger services. This stands as proof of the Gautrain actively meeting government’s objective which requires the active promotion of public transport.
Continuously improving its service contributes to comfort and convenience of passengers. Amongst these improvements are the increase of frequency of trains, including more eight-car trains on the frequency of trains and amending bus routes to suit passengers better.
Gautrain is more than just a train. Based in the economic heartland of South Africa, it is one of several strategicallyintegrated Gauteng Provincial Government projects. It is aimed not only at meeting future transport demands and improving the image of public transport, but also at moving economic development and employment creation upward.
LIFELINE Fast, efficient and effective
at shifting bodies around Gauteng, the Gautrain is a real boost to the province