By Kaya 959 Reporter
The City of Tshwane is set to officially launch an express service that will operate from Hector Pieterson Station at the Wonderboom intermodal facility to Molefe Makinta Station at Church Square.
The service will commence on Monday next week.
In order to enhance the extended operations to Menlyn in mixed traffic, the City will operate an additional express service that will not stop at any other A Re Yeng stops or stations.
“This move by the City is in line with the objective of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport system to reduce travel times. Commuters who travel from Pretoria North to the CBD and those who proceed to Menlyn in Pretoria East will experience reduced travel times.
“The straight service will be available at 15-minute intervals during the morning peak hours between 06:00 and 09:00, as well as during the evening peak hours between 15:15 and 16:30. The express service will only load passengers at Hector Pieterson or Molefe Makinta Station and only stop at Molefe Makinta or Hector Pieterson Station,” officials said.
MMC for Roads and Transport Councillor Dikeledi Selowa explained that the City has dedicated four additional buses to the express service, over and above the current A Re Yeng fleet.
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In order for commuters to distinguish the express service, the buses will be clearly marked as T1 Express.
“The service will be a round trip from the Wonderboom intermodal facility to the Pretoria CBD and back,” she said.
Selowa said that the express service is a value-add to enhance the effectiveness of the current A Re Yeng operations. Commuters must take note that the express service will not stop at any other stations between Wonderboom Junction and Church Square.
“It is imperative for commuters to obtain a Connector card in order for them to utilise the City’s public transport systems, both Tshwane Bus Services and A Re Yeng bus operations,” Selowa said.