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About BRT

Background

1. What is BRT?
In order to deal with the increasing transport problems faced in Jo'burg today, the City is pleased to introduce the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System.

The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) is designed to provide a high quality and affordable transport system, which is fast and safe.

Rea Vaya BRT comprises a middle lane for large, high tech buses which will transport you comfortably and quickly around Johannesburg using specific designated routes, enclosed bus stations along the routes and a high tech control centre to ensure your Rea Vaya experience is a world class one.

2. Why BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit is a world class transport system being used in developing countries very similar to South Africa, to combat congestion and provide better public transport. By introducing this world class transport system Johannesburg, and all the other cities taking part such as Cape Town, Tshwane and the Nelson Mandela Metro will have many opportunities for development and will help bring in foreign investment to the country.
BRT is a world class system which all South Africans can be proud of!

3. How does BRT work?
Buses will run in exclusive, dedicated lanes in the centre of existing roads. Smaller feeder buses will bring people from the outer areas to the stations on the trunk routes. This will extend Rea Vaya's network to areas far beyond the main trunk routes. Buses will be either 75- or 112 capacity vehicles, depending on passenger volumes and will operate from about 150 stations, positioned half a kilometre apart. They will run every three minutes in peak times and every 10 minutes in off-peak times and it will be possible to catch a bus from 5am to midnight.

Rea Vaya will not compete with other transport systems such as Metrorail or the Gautrain. This is an urban transport network that will feed into and complement existing networks to ensure the most effective movement of people across the city.

Benefits

There are short-term, medium and long term benefits to the implementation of the BRT system.

Short Term Benefits

Medium-Term Benefits

Long-Term Benefits:

Challenges

Profiles

MMC: Transportation Rehana Moosajee
Rehana Moosajee
Rehana was born in Johannesburg in 1969 and grew up in Lenasia. As a young person, she was actively involved with Crescents Cricket Club, where she met Dr Abu Baker Asvat, who inspired her, through his tireless dedication to fight injustice in any form.

She completed her primary school education at Model Primary School in Lenasia and then went on to completing her Secondary Education at Lenasia Secondary School from 1980 and matriculated in 1986. She did a BA degree in Education at Wits University with majors in English and Education. As an educator, she was passionate about introducing youth development programmes, aimed at inspiring young people to fulfill their potential. She also became an active member of the South African Democratic Teacher's Union - SADTU. One of the life changing experiences for Rehana at this time, was being selected as an educator participant on Edu-Train and subsequently being asked to be a facilitator on a student train.

In December 1993, Rehana married Salim Moosajee an active member of the ANC Branch in Lenasia.

When she was expecting her son, Aadil, Rehana left the teaching profession, because she felt there was not enough consideration for mothers who wanted to continue their careers. When Aadil was three months old, she was offered the opportunity to become the first parliamentary constituency officer at the Lenasia PCO. The members of parliament agreed that she could bring the baby along to work. During this period, Rehana was truly inspired by the dedication and commitment of MPs Ismail Vadi and Laloo Isu Chiba, to better the lives of their communities.

In 1995, the Moosajee family moved to central Johannesburg and with daughter Faheemah on the way, Rehana became increasingly involved in community affairs in the areas of Mayfair and Crosby. She presented a children's programme on community radio station "The Voice" and edited a community newspaper "The Times of Mayfair". She was also an active member of the Brixton CPF as well as chairperson of the Hesperus Primary School Governing Body.

In 2000 Rehana was approached by the ANC to stand as a proportional representation councillor. From 2000 - February 2006, Rehana served on the Health Portfolio Committee, council's disciplinary committee and the multi-party women's steering committee. In March 2006 she contested for Councillor of Ward 69 but lost. She was then deployed by The Executive Mayor, Councillor Amos Masondo, to head the new Portfolio for Transport for The City of Joburg.

She is passionate about bringing a people focus into transport planning and is keen to work with all stakeholders to effect change. She also initiated a number of projects in conjunction with the community for the revival of Brixton and surrounding areas.

Bob Stanway - Rea Vaya Project Manager
Bob Stanway
Bob Stanway graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of the Witwatersrand, and he then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Transportation at Imperial College, London University.

He initial experience was in the Public Sector involved with London Transport Jubilee Line planning and construction, followed by a spell with Johannesburg City Engineer's Department.

In 1980, he co-founded South Africa's first specialist Consulting Transportation Engineering Practice and between then and the year 2000, he was involved in developing and managing the Practice, as well as detailed technical work in the Public Transport and Transportation Planning fields for Local, Provincial and National Government.

From 2000 to 2003, he was a Divisional Fellow at the CSIR, and he is currently Executive Director: Transportation in the City of Johannesburg. Bob is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering.

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