Metrorail attempts to drop its 'fail' status

2014-04-07 10:44

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Cape Town – Dubbed #Metrofail on certain social media networks due largely in part to ongoing train delays, it  seems Metrorail is attempting to do something about its poor service reputation.

According to an onsite inspection done by Transport Minister Honourable Dipuo Peters on 11 March 2014, it was noted that a number of routes are plagued by a shortage of trains in the mornings and afternoons - specifically Kraaifontein.

As a result, the Department of Transport has announced extra trains for commuters travelling in the Wellington and Bellville areas will be provided, effective from Monday, 7 April 2014.

Plans are afoot to do the same in other provinces where there are shortages of train services Peters said and she has called on commuters to work with Metrorail to make daily travelling safer, reliable and affordable. 

The route schedule for the Wellington and Bellville route is as follows:

Mornings

•    There will be a semi-express* train service departing from Wellington at 04h50 and arriving at Bellville station at 05h59.

•    A second semi-express* train service will depart from Wellington from 07h46 and arrive at Bellville station at 08h48.

*Semi-express trains are trains that do not stop at every station along a specific line, therefore, these trains will stop at the following stations:

Mbekweni, Dal, Josafat, Muldersvlei, Kraaifontein, Stikland and Bellville.

Afternoons

The same stops will apply and the departure and arrival times for the afternoon are as follows:
•    The first semi-express train service in the afternoon departs Bellville at 16h08 and arrives at Wellington station at 17h10.

•    The second semi-express train service in the afternoon departs Bellville at 18h40 and arrives at Wellington station at 19h42.

The trains will stop at Stikland, Kraaifontein, Muldersvlei. Josafat, Dal and Mbekweni stations.

Peters hopes that this will assist in clamping down overcrowding on this route.

Recently, Metrorail security services announced they would arrest any passengers caught riding outside of trains – whether hanging out of the doors, or clinging to the front. This comes after 17 fatalities, caused by people falling out of moving trains, were reported last year. 

While this kind of dangerous behaviour might be difficult to understand we were particularly blown away by this Maro Casino piece on vimeo that attempts to decode the culture of train surfing. Take a look and then tell us about your own experiences on SA's public transport systems in the comments section below.


STAFF RIDING SUB ENG from MARCO CASINO on Vimeo.


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