New bus stations offer easy Metrorail, Gautrain integration
The City of Joburg has opened four new Rea Vaya bus stations which will enable commuters to easily integrate with both Metrorail and the soon-to-be-opened Gautrain station at Park station.
Speaking at the launch of the new Rea Vaya bus station at Park station on Wednesday, the City of Joburg’s MMC for Transport, Rihanna Moosajee said: “We hope that the introduction of the express services to and from Thokoza Park and opening stations along Rissik and Harrison streets will enable easy integration with Metrorail and Gautrain.”
The Rea Vaya bus station at Park station is strategically built at Rissik Street, not far away from the well-known Metrorail Johannesburg park station and the Gautrain station which will be opened soon.
The four new stations are Basothong Station at Selby South, serving the T1 and C1 routes; Rissik Street Station, serving the T1 route via the Civic Centre and the C3 route; Harrison Street Station, serving the T1 route via the Civic Centre and the C3 route; Park Station, serving the T1 route via Civic Centre and the C3 route.
The opening of the stations will result in the extension of the T1 route, the first trunk route.
They will also open Booysens, Bank City in the central business district and Park Station to Rea Vaya.
Moosajee said dedicated lanes in Rissik and Harrison Street as well as stations at Park Station and next to Bank City are now complete.
Certain buses starting at Thokoza Park and Dobsonville will now go to Metro Centre and Braamfontein passing Park station.
“This will assist Metrorail and Gautrain passengers to transfer to destinations in the inner city and Braamfontein.
“The inner-city C3 route will now slightly change its route and will be using De Korte Street instead of Wolmarans Street going to Braamfontein,” she said.
Basothong station is complete with a pedestrian bridge so that people can safely cross to destinations in Selby South and Booysens.
Red strips have been painted in the middle of almost all the bus lanes in order to alert motorists to refrain from using the lanes dedicated for buses.
Motorists who will be found driving along the bus lanes will be fined by the Johannesburg Metro Police.
Moosajee urged motorists to leave their vehicles at home and experience the luxury of using public transport.