GO! DURBAN PROJECT SET TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT
By: Nicolѐ Bowran
The eThekwini Transport Authority are constructing public transport routes around KwaZulu-Natal for the GO! Durban project, which is aimed at improving the effeciency of
The GO! Durban project, which is funded by the government’s National Treasury, under the Department of Transport, is a public transport system that uses buses which have their ow
dedicated lane that is blocked off from the main roads.
The routes will eventually run throughout KwaZulu- Natal, linking places such as KwaMashu, Umhlanga, Isipingo and
The buses will have stations along the routes to pick-up and drop-off passengers.
Each station will have a security guard as well as monitored by CCTV cameras to make it safer for all passengers.
Each bus will run for up to 18 hours and on a strict schedule allowing passengers to plan their day around transport times. This public transport system is set to make public
transport easily accessible, safer, more punctual and more efficient.
Carlos Esteves, deputy head of the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) said, “We are trying to change our public transport system and make it more effective for people who have
The first phase of the GO! Durban project is a dedicated route from KwaMashu to Pinetown, to make it easier and quicker for those who reside in KwaMashu to get to work in Pinetown.
In August, community meetings took place in both areas to inform and update residents and businesses about the project.
“I am excited to be able to get to work and back to home with only one bus.
I will no longer have to wait in long queues for taxis and take four taxis to get back to KwaMashu,” stated KwaMashu resident, Precious Nqueba.
The ETA is not only focusing on building the new routes, but also on fixing and improving the current roads and pavements.
“You can’t have a nice new road next to an old damaged and falling one,” said Esteves.
Over time a new rail route will be added to the transport system that will operate within the main suburbs and reduce the use of cars, taxis and buses.
The first phase of the GO! Durban project has been successful so far and is set to be completed in 2016. Further developments on connecting public transport routes throughout
Kwa-Zulu Natal will be ongoing until 2030.