PRETORIA – An agreement signed between the Tshwane Municipality and taxi operators will establish how the taxi industry will own and operate the transport system.
The multibillion rand project is already well underway with the first station in Hatfield now completed and routes through the central business district under construction.
City Manager Jason Ngobeni says the agreement will ensure that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not destroy the livelihood of those employed in the taxi industry.
The Greater Regional Tshwane Taxi Council Motlhabane Tsebe says every affected person employed in the industry will have a stake in the BRT.
“Presently the BRT is led and directed by the City of Tshwane. At the end of the implementation of this project, we want to see a BRT project owned and directed by the largest stakeholder of the public transport sector.”
The first route is scheduled to start operating in 2014.
The government is introducing BRT systems in Gauteng, Cape Town, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay.
All the BRT systems will expand in phases over the next decade.
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2013/06/06/BRT-wont-destroy-taxi-industry