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Western Cape is developing measures and programmes to make public transport safer and more reliable in the province.
The Western Cape Government is transforming the planning, regulation, enforcement, monitoring and management of transportation in Western Cape in order to create safer roads and a better transportation system. This is done primarily via the Transport Hub and the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP).
The Transport Hub focuses largely on transport safety, with the Hub enabling:
- Improved access to credible data, e.g. current operational information, etc.
- Improved access to information from a transport regulatory perspective, which reduces the risk of illegal operations, fraudulent operators, etc.
- Reduction in crime on roads via increased visibility and monitoring of road-user behaviour, which lends itself to co-ordinated response of law enforcement and emergency services, etc.
The PSTP focuses on the provision of safe, integrated, reliable public transport, e.g. the Go George bus system. The Go George system is the 1st integrated bus service in South Africa’s non-metro and rural areas. Its aim is to make transportation in rural areas easier and affordable for citizens. The system runs 7 days a week, 18 hours a day in George, a town approximately 400 kilometres from Cape Town. The project also includes an empowerment model that involves public transport operators who were operating minibus taxi or bus services in George, who will form a company to deliver the new scheduled bus service within the terms of a contract. The company has a 12-year contract with the George municipality.
Jacqui Gooch, Head of Department – Transport and Public Works