PMB team busing in Brazil

2014-07-30 00:00

A TEAM from Pietermaritzburg are in Brazil studying the bus systems there.

They represent the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project team preparing for the proposed new bus system in the city.

The delegation of 26 is made up of members of the project co-ordinating team, representatives from the bus and taxi industries as well as the municipality. They will also visit Colombia before returning to South Africa early next week.

Contacted in Brazil yesterday, Msunduzi’s Madeleine Plaatjies-Jackson did not divulge details of what they had seen so far. She said a joint media statement with the bus and taxi industry would be issued upon their return.

The visit was co-ordinated and funded by the Department of Transport, which is introducing an Integrated Rapid Public Transport System (IRPTN) in cities across South Africa.

Maritzburg’s BRT is part of that system, aimed at bringing down traffic congestion and improving public transport.

A public meeting is being held today at 5.30 pm at the Georgetown library as the start of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the project. A second public meeting will be held tomorrow at the same time in the Northdale Civic Centre.

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