Commuter the loser in BRT saga

2009-08-29 08:00

COMMUTERS are going to be the biggest losers in the standoff over the

implementation of Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, which was

scheduled to steam ahead tomorrow.

Better consultation before the project was started could have dealt with the

issues that have seen the stalemate between government and taxi associations

going to court on Friday. But the taximen cannot be allowed to hold the country

to ransom. The needs of commuters must be put first.

The government and the taxi associations must both compromise and allow the

project to run while they attend to their differences.

BRT, a world-class system, is what this country needs to end not only traffic

congestion, but also the carnage and unpleasant trips commuters are subjected to

in some of the deathtrap taxis on our roads.

Indeed, the job losses in the taxi industry should BRT go ahead are

regrettable, but the taxi bosses must shoulder the blame for failing to

transform the industry over many years and should have prepared for this

eventuality.

With a bit of foresight, they might have known that a developing country like

South Africa would eventually require a better, more efficient and world-class

transport system.

It’s too late now to start bickering.


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