WATCH: Transport loop launched in Sandton

City of Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba at the launch of the public transport loop.

City of Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba officially launched the R674-million public transport loop in Sandton on 5 September.  The transport loop is a dedicated public transport lane in the Sandton CBD and is aimed at increasing the safe and convenient mobility of different modes of public transport for shorter travel times.

Mashaba said operations on the loop will commence on 18 September and said he welcomed public feedback. “This upgrade is intended to ease traffic congestion and improve access to transport systems.”

For the past two years, the City has improved Sandton’s sidewalks, introduced cycle lanes and built two new bridges over the M1 to improve connectivity between Alexandra and Sandton, said Mashaba.
Key pedestrian routes have been upgraded to make sidewalks more walkable, universally accessible and environmentally friendly. They are easy to navigate for people in wheelchairs, those who are blind, pulling luggage or pushing prams.

Cyclists will also be able to navigate the streets easier with 1.3km of dedicated cycling lanes built between Sandton and Alexandra, and the aim is to encourage more people to cycle.

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The dedicated transport loop which runs along Rivonia Road, Friedman and 5th Avenue, will make commuting easier for people using Putco, Gauteng coaches, Metrobus and minibus taxis.
The final improvement for Sandton commuters will be the implementation of the Rea Vaya BRT that will travel between Sandton Central, Alexandra and the inner city on a trunk route from October next year.

 

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Pieter Dempsey

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