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First Go! Durban route to begin operating this year
​EThekwini’s Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network
GO!Durban Station at Wyebank on the MR577.

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THIS year marks a significant milestone for eThekwini Municipality as the City prepares for the much-anticipated operation of the first route of the new GO! Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown to KwaMashu’s Bridge City.

The first route, which has a dedicated road lane only accessed by the new state-of-the-art GO! Durban buses, runs from Anderson Street in Pinetown to Bridge City in KwaMashu.

This route runs through the R13 billion Dumisani Makhaye Drive. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said once the service begins later this year, the new system will provide commuters a world class transport solution, which will get them to their destination safely, on time and at affordable rates. “The new transport system is a game-changer for the City. Globally we have seen how transport systems, have improved the liveability of the City and unlocked economic and social opportunities. It is exciting to provide our first route in an area that is in need of opportunities and development,” she said. Aligned to the Municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable City by 2030, this integrated public transport network will give people access to places and opportunities in a manner never before experienced in Durban.

Mayor Gumede said areas and precincts along the route have begun to attract investors and interest in developments, as the transport network now has the potential to attract critical mass to stimulate economic growth. Along the routes, upgrades of urban precinct nodes with new lighting, street furniture and landscaping, have already begun to alter the way in which people use these spaces, making for much more user-friendly and safer environments.

As part of the overall process of providing a new safe and reliable system, City leadership and public transport operator leadership are planning how they will participate and integrate into the new system for the benefit of all stakeholders. “Our message to commuters, operators and businesses is that as a City we can deliver the infrastructure and systems, but ultimately it is yours to embrace, look after and utilise for the betterment of all. This is a legacy project which means getting around the City and accessing opportunities will continue to improve,” Mayor Gumede said.

The City will embark on a communication campaign in the second quarter of 2018 to create awareness on how the new system will work, so that by the time it begins, commuters fully understand how to use it.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za 
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