Joburg taxi deal announced

2010-06-08 14:04

Johannesburg - Nearly half the minibus taxis operating between Soweto and Ellis Park will be removed from Johannesburg's roads, according to a deal announced by city Mayor Amos Masondo on Tuesday.

"This project is about transformation, it seeks to improve the quality of life of commuters and residents," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

According to the agreement, 585 minibus taxis will be removed from the bus rapid transit's 25.5km route between Soweto and Ellis Park stadium.

In return for handing the taxis in, their owners will become shareholders in a company that will share in the profits of the Bus Rapid Transit System.