‘Integrated transport system very slow’

Public transport in South Africa is still not up to standard despite efforts to improve it.

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

CAPE TOWN - A local analyst says the process to improve public transport is very slow.

Government has been trying to improve public transport to ensure that people leave their private cars at home and use buses, trains and taxis instead.

However, Paul Browning told the Redi Tlhabi Show there was still a long way before integrated transport could take shape.

"It's going to take quite a long time and we must not overlook the fact that most of our citizens are dependent on our existing public transport. There are those who feel that perhaps more attention should be given to improving the existing transport for those dependent users."

He said the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme is a bit of a red herring.

"When it was first spoken about in 1999 it was intended to be a fairly quick episode of replacing old taxis with new taxis. The intention was not really to change the way in which the taxis operate. The programme is largely complete now although not by any means have all taxis have been replaced."

Browning said it was time to review the entire process.

"The schemes that we have for MyCiTi bus system and Rea Vaya are taking quite a long time to implement. These schemes come from a government approved strategic transport plan which was approved by Cabinet in 2007, and it was meant to run to 2020, so we are just about half way through."

He said he would recommend that it's time to take a step back and look at our progress and how far we have left to go.

"We need to have a good rethink before we press forward with whatever comes out of that review."