NEW INFORMATION CENTER FOR TRAIN COMMUTERS
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
Transport minister, Dipuo Peters launched a new communication centre for train commuters in Tembisa on Monday.
This centre is aimed at providing commuters with safe and reliable information regarding any interruptions on their trains and the network.
According to the presidency, the centre will serve as a signalling control for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
Speaking at the launch, Peters said that this channel will allow for immediate communication with commuters regarding any changes in traveling times.
“When we say the train is late people will be immediately informed, it is very important that people be timeously informed so that they can manage their time,” said Peters.
She added that the new system at the centre is advanced and will put an end to train drivers using cellphones to communicate with the centre.
Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Ismail Vadi said that PRASA employees will be trained on how to run the system which will be integrated with the Gautrain system to ensure that the
entire railway network in the province is monitored. (The Presidency)
The presidency added that this programme to improve the transport system for commuters will also be rolled out in Durban and the Western Cape at a later stage.