IPTS bus ser­vice set to roll

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Amir Chetty chettyam@ti­soblack­star.co.za

THE wheels of the much-an­tic­i­pated Integrated Pub­lic Trans­port Sys­tem will get rolling with dry runs set to start later this month.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said dry runs would start from Novem­ber 21, with the of­fi­cial launch planned for the day be­fore.

“The sys­tem will of­fer an af­ford­able, ef­fi­cient, safe, re­li­able, and uni­ver­sally ac­ces­si­ble ser­vice,” Mniki said.

He said the metro had also planned a mar­ket­ing drive closer to the time to en­sure peo­ple were aware of the sys­tem.

The launch, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Oc­to­ber to co­in­cide with Trans­port Month, was held back due to a host of is­sues, in­clud­ing lengthy en­gage­ments with stake­hold­ers.

“It must be noted that ini­tial dead­lines have not been met due to chal­lenges with coun­cil meet­ings not pro­ceed­ing with its busi­ness in the past,” Mniki said.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions with the taxi in­dus­try also took a bit longer and the ve­hi­cle op­er­at­ing con­tract with taxi in­dus­try had to be ap­proved by the coun­cil, which was only done in the last meet­ing.”

Speak­ing about the first phase of the project, Mniki said com­muters could ex­pect to pay R15 from the fur­thest point of the route [Cleary Park] to Cen­tral.

He said fares would vary based on the lo­ca­tions at which com­muters boarded the buses.

Buses will run daily from 5am to 10pm.

Mniki would not pro­vide de­tails of how feeder taxis – those that would now no longer be al­lowed to work along the IPTS routes – would be fil­tered into the sys­tem, say­ing all de­tails would be made avail­able on the day of the launch.

He said a plan was in place to en­sure the safety of all com­muters and CCTV cam­eras would be in­stalled in­side the buses as well as along the route.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers would also pa­trol bus sta­tion ar­eas.

The cam­eras would be mon­i­tored by ded­i­cated staff at the integrated pub­lic trans­port operations Cen­tre, Mniki said.

Mniki said the next phase of the ser­vice would be phases 1B and 1C, the Njoli and Sum­mer­strand routes, which were planned for the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year.

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