Cities may take control of trains

2012-02-13 10:46

Johannesburg - The government is considering handing control of passenger train services from the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to cities, Beeld reported on Monday.

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin said the government wanted cities to develop programmes for a comprehensive transport system, taking into account buses, trains, minibus taxis and other means of transport.

"Our cities are expanding at an ever accelerating pace. The government expects that by 2030, 70% of South Africans will be living in cities, and it is therefore important to develop systems that can keep pace with this level of growth," Cronin was quoted as saying.

Public transport should be integrated with the development of settlements and industries. Currently, cities were responsible for city planning, but had no control over metro train services, which complicated co-ordination.

Cronin said Metrorail passenger services formed an integral part of city infrastructure.

Thus far, Cape Town's and Durban's systems looked as though they would be the easiest to transfer from Metrorail to city authorities.

The government was still discussing the financial and logistical details with Prasa, Cronin said.

  • Rob - 2012-02-13 10:52

    Great idea. The sooner the better

      procold2 - 2012-02-13 10:57

      agree rob but what of the cities in limpopo and ec, they cant even run the basics never mind a curve ball like a transport system.

      NrGx - 2012-02-13 12:11

      Agree to a certain point. What about the cities that cannot even manage basic services. I fear this will just be another budget to plunder. Second, so basically the government is saying, "we are too incompetent to manage it ourselves, now its your problem"?

  • pieterduplessis - 2012-02-13 10:52

    For CT this will be good news. Has got the potential with myCiti to transport everyone a lot more effectively.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-13 11:08

    Bwahahahahha -BWAAAAHAHAHAhahahahahahahah - These municipal morons can't even manage their current responsibilities - just imagine the catastrophe that will arise out of this - Friggin Fools

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-13 13:10

      Depends which cities you are talking about. CPT should cope quite nicely, thank you.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-13 11:30

    "The government expects that by 2030, 70% of South Africans will be living in cities" Of course, with the current rate of death in, and exodus from, SA by 2030 70% of the population will only be about 10 million people. Hardly a problem then, is it. But seriously, this country needs an efficient public transport system (I mean, country-wide, I know there are already trains running in some areas). But do we think that decentralizing it is going to be better? Jury's still out on this one.

      faerrab - 2012-02-13 11:54

      Jeffery - how do you deduce that 38 million will be dead or gone ? SA population in all probality could grow slighly or remain the same ( due to HIV related illnesses)

      Sheik - 2012-02-13 12:32

      You very optimic on both counts.

      Robsschele - 2012-02-13 12:50

      SA has a never-ending supply from up north.

  • Derk - 2012-02-13 11:48

    Metrorail Cape Town is a utter disgrace,trains are filthy,windows you cannot even see out and the carraige smells of urine and the seats are ripped open other wise everything elsa is ok

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-13 12:21

    Oh dear, now the commuters in all the regions are really gonna have a transport problem, except for Cape Town that is. These cities aren't even being run properly, now the Govt want to hive off its responsibility for this also. Eish the poor people who have to commute!

  • Karl - 2012-02-13 12:22

    Cities, Towns, Municipalities call them what you want cant even manage basic service delivery such as electricity, water and sanitation. Now they want to give them rail services. What a joke! Who is bribing who for the contract! Well best of luck anyway.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-13 12:42

    What is happening? The gov. start making the right noises. Now they must make sure they have the right people in the right places, Get rid of those corrupt ones and make sure the provinces have the budgets. I always belief that when wanting to have metro areas and strong provinces you need to do it all the way. You can't do it half and control certain areas from a centralized point when following the current system. Please make sure you get rid of incompetent people. If not, some provinces will become a bigger problem. Maybe they can start with the two that they identified and than, when running smoothly, ask them to assist to make the other a success as well.

  • Lloyd - 2012-02-13 12:45

    obviously it will work better here than in the rest of the country...

  • Robsschele - 2012-02-13 12:54

    It can work if it's run by proper businessmen and not by politicians. Even municipalities will work if they get rid of the brotherhood and appoint proper quailified people.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-13 13:06

      Depend on which businessmen, if it's left to the likes of some of the so-called businessmen like Juju then it WILL only go to the wall in a bad way. The govt just wants to shift responsibility and sidestep the blame.

  • Lee - 2012-02-13 13:09

    Amen to that! City of Cape Town please introduce more express trains - there is massive demand but one train a day isn't cutting it

  • Sifiso - 2012-02-13 13:34

    I wander it will ever happen. Some metropolitan Council are still battling to take over the Municipal Health services, which is their function as legislation. The function was suppose to have been transfered by 2004 and it is now 2012.

  • Sean - 2012-02-13 13:56

    Watch now - there will be tolls on trains too

  • dathan.prinsloo - 2012-02-13 15:42

    Enough talk and actually do something! How long will they tolerate vandalism and abuse of the railway system?

  • Glyn - 2012-02-13 16:19

    Go, Jeremy Cronin Go! Great idea! I see CPT and DBN doing it well.

  • carvern - 2012-02-13 16:33

    Im glad for this, maybe the trains wont be late anymore

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-02-13 17:12

    In all the biggest and greatest cities in the world the City runs it's own transport services. The present situation with regards to trains can not really get worse so it is probably the best time for Cities to take over the running of their own rail systems. Does that also mean that all South African Railway grounds and related land, workshops and so on will also be placed into city property.

  • alfred.willie - 2012-03-31 20:35

    Mntak'atambo, great idea, viva on that, maan in capetown where we are being called foreigners, is that would help under the present racist DA leading the city? Right now, the khayelitsha trains have big problem as if there is something like, they suppose just to pay but might not get services? For example, there is a train to mitchelle' splain each and every 5minutes but in khayelitsha the trains runs after every 10minutes or 15minutes. I think the city we have is satisfied with that and when they are in power we will all in khayelitsha be unemployed and become criminals. But the ideas is good guys, go ahead we the hated must make sure we put a government for all, starting to campaign right now.

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