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GP transport dept signs R18 million contract with Prasa

The parastatal has allocated 185 buses from its AutoPax operator to service Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and Tshwane.

Putco recently announced that it would no longer be providing buses to routes in those three Gauteng municipalities. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Transport Department has confirmed it's signed an R18 million contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), which will replace the Putco bus services along selected routes from tomorrow.

The parastatal has allocated 185 buses from its AutoPax operator to service Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and Tshwane.

Putco recently announced that it would no longer be providing buses to routes in those three Gauteng municipalities.

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says he's disappointed by the manner in which Putco has handled its route cancellations but says a solid plan is in place.

As of tomorrow routes previously serviced by Putco will now have AutoPax buses transporting commuters.

The bus service says its decision to cancel services to the areas is due to poor financial viability.

The Transport Department says while it has only signed a three month contract with AutoPax discussions are underway for a long term agreement.