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'A modern integrated transport system is urgently needed'

Premier David Makhura & Prasa launched a signalling control hub for passenger train services yesterday.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says a modern integrated transport system is urgently needed for commuters in the province.

Makhura spoke at the launch of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa) new rail Nerve Centre in Tembisa on Monday at the start of the EcoMobility Festival and Transport Month.

Makhura says it's important to fast-track a modern public transport system.

"Our immediate task is to integrate all these modes: Metro Rail, Gautrain, and the BRTs into an inter-model, modern public transport system."

He has also urged Prasa to deliver on its mandate to provide new trains and start making news for the right reasons.

"Prasa must make the right news and the right news is to move our people."

At the same time, the EcoMobility Festival has entered day two, with many officials saying they hope commuters will adjust and start using public transport in Sandton, instead of their private vehicles.

WATCH: #EcoMobilityMonth: Segwaying through Sandton traffic

Find out more in the _ Eyewitness News _ special feature on the EcoMobility Festival.