Gaut­eng on the move

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

A NEW APP

The Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Roads and Trans­port has launched a mo­bile app,

for its pub­lic trans­port sys­tem which will en­able com­muters to con­nect to dif­fer­ent modes of trans­port seam­lessly.

will take the un­cer­tainty out of us­ing pub­lic trans­port, as it pro­vides com­muters with real-time in­for­ma­tion, trans­port sched­ules and costs for the Gau­train‚ Metrobus‚ A Re Yeng‚ Rea Vaya‚ Metro­rail‚ Gau­train Bus Ser­vices‚ Jo­han­nes­burg City Sight­see­ing Bus‚ Tsh­wane Bus Ser­vices and minibus taxi ser­vices. Gaut­eng Trans­port MEC Is­mail Vadi said the depart­ment recog­nised the need for smart tech­nol­ogy and in­tel­li­gent trans­port sys­tems as con­trib­u­tors to the de­vel­op­ment of the trans­port sys­tem.

“The Gaut­eng Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment has in­vested time, ef­fort and re­sources into the de­vel­op­ment of this jour­ney plan­ner that en­ables com­muters to eas­ily con­nect to ma­jor trans­port modes within the prov­ince.

Trans­port revo­lu­tion

"We are al­ready see­ing the power of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions that are re­shap­ing pub­lic trans­port ser­vices. There’s no doubt that global tech­no­log­i­cal changes are spark­ing a revo­lu­tion in the trans­port sec­tor‚ and we must adopt and adapt to these changes,” he said.

Vadi con­firmed that the prov­ince will con­tinue to use in­no­va­tion‚ re­search and de­vel­op­ment to pro­mote a smart prov­ince to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ac­cess to trans­port ser­vices. Once down­loaded, the app en­ables users to plan their jour­ney by se­lect­ing their de­sired trans­port modes‚ travel times and other op­tions, such as the short­est and cheap­est trip.

Jo­han­nes­burg stu­dent and com­muter Glen Dlamini said the app will see thou­sands of com­muters sigh with re­lief.

“It re­ally is an amaz­ing app. It’s a great ini­tia­tive from the gov­ern­ment and it’s def­i­nitely game chang­ing, es­pe­cially for a young per­son like me who com­mutes from Soweto to the Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg in Auck­land Park ev­ery day.

“At least now I can plan my trips bet­ter, in terms of my fi­nances, and cal­cu­late the trav­el­ling times to my des­ti­na­tions.

“I think it’s an amaz­ing app and as a per­son that’s not from the prov­ince, it will be con­ve­nient for me with re­gard to get­ting around,” said Khanyo Malunga, when she spoke to in Blair­gowrie.

“If I’m here for a job in­ter­view, I’ll be able to plan bet­ter and know my way around,” she added.

The app is avail­able for An­droid and iPhone de­vices, from the var­i­ous app stores.

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