Tshwane unveils rapid bus station

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says the ‘A re yeng’ bus system will connect Mamelodi and Soshanguve.

A model of the Tshwane BRT system. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

TSHWANE - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday unveiled the city's first bus rapid transit station in Hatfield.

It is located adjacent to the Gautrain station and will connect with the Pretoria CBD.

The Tshwane rapid transit system is dubbed 'A re yeng' - a Sesotho word which means 'let's go'.

The entire system, consisting of 80 kilometres of network, will connect Mamelodi to Soshanguve by mid-2015.

Ramokgopa said the local transport industry gave the project the green light.

"Our desire is to ensure that this industry continues to thrive and the operators will be drawn from the taxi industry and bus operators."

This first line is scheduled to be operational by April 2014.