GO!Durban public transport network set to be locals choice and a game-changer for the city
DURBAN is set to take its first steps towards a working public transport system when eThekwini’s integrated public transport network, GO!Durban, goes live with the much-anticipated first route from Pinetown’s CBD to KwaMashu’s Bridge City soon to be launched.
This will mark a significant milestone for the city in its bid to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030, once the service begins in the latter part of 2018. According to the city, Go!Durban once live, will be the transport of choice for locals.
Offering a safe and cheap means of travel between Durban and Pinetown, mayor Zandile Gumede said the new transport system would be a gamechanger for the city.
“Globally we have seen how transport systems have worked to improve the liveability of a city and unlock economic and social opportunities. So our first provision of a route in an area so in need of opportunities and development, is very exciting,” Gumede said.
The first route, which features a dedicated road lane only accessed by the new state-of-the-art GO!Durban buses, runs from Anderson Street in Pinetown’s CBD to Bridge City in KwaMashu utilising the provincial road MR577 (Dumisani Makhaye).
“This has been, and still remains one of the important catalytic programmes we have embarked on, and it has come with a sea of visionaries, experts, planners, contractors and labour who have been working hard to deliver the prototype for the future.
“As part of the overall process of providing a new safe and reliable system, current public transport operator leadership and our city’s leadership are planning how they will participate and integrate into the new system for the benefit of all stakeholders.” Gumede said that the city would be embarking on a communication campaign in the second quarter of 2018 to create awareness of how the new system would work.
“Areas and precincts along the route have already begun attracting investors. Along the routes, upgrades of urban precinct nodes with new lighting, street furniture and landscaping, have already begun to alter the way in which people use these spaces, making for much more user-friendly and safer environments.
“Our message to citizens, from commuters, operators and businesses – small, medium and large, is that as a city we can deliver the infrastructure and systems, but it is yours to embrace, look after and utilise for the betterment of all. This is a legacy project which means getting around the city and accessing opportunities will continue to improve and in that there is hope,” Gumede said.
SAFER TRAVEL: Go!Durban goes live with its first route from Pinetown’s CBD to KwaMashu’s Bridge City.