Most Gautrain passengers women - survey

2012-04-03 21:36

Johannesburg - Most Gautrain passengers are women, the Bombela Concession Company said on Tuesday.

"Women are a key component of our business," spokesperson Kelebogile Machakathe said in a statement.

"We remain vigilant with regards to the safety and security of our passengers on our system. If they ever feel nervous or threatened on the Gautrain they can phone our security hotline 0800 811 811."

A survey conducted by Catalyst Research revealed that about 35% of Gautrain users were black, 12% Asian, 45% white, and 8% coloured.

"The largest group of passengers [35%] fall into the 35-49 year age bracket, while about 20% are younger than 24 years."

Machakathe said less than three incidents of theft per million passengers had been reported since the start of operations between Hatfield and Rosebank in August 2011.

"Over 400 security guards and 800 CCTV cameras keep a watchful eye over the entire system."

No contact crime, such as muggings, had been reported on the Gautrain, she said.

Passengers rated the Gautrain service highly with respect to the following: train punctuality (94%), convenience (94%), value for money (93%), safety and security (92%), and cleanliness (92%).

Since opening the Hatfield to Rosebank leg, the Gautrain has conveyed 5.8 million train passengers and 1.3 million bus passengers.

"Train services have consistently run at punctualities exceeding 98%. About a third of Gautrain customers are regular users who buy weekly or monthly passes," Machakathe said.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-03 22:14

    you'd almost think this information was important for some reason.

      Foc - 2012-04-04 09:22

      I think its GREAT!! Gautrain is world-class. I used it last week when I did some work in Pretoria for 3 days. Parked my car at Rosebank (R10 per day!!) and what a pleasure.... The only thing they need to get right is this fricken bus feeder system!!

      Raven - 2012-04-04 13:17

      They make it sound like the gautrain is full of chicks :D dam! they all must be ninja's

  • gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-03 22:15

    This is one of those communist / socialist propaganda double speak story! This has been left out: WHEN IT WORKS... WHEN THE CABLES ARE NOT STOLEN... WHEN IT DOES NOT RAIN... The Gautrain is another rolling anc disaster.

      boramk - 2012-04-03 22:53

      ........... And if you actually read the article it says punctuality has been at least 94% and running above 98%.

      peter.vanderschyff - 2012-04-04 08:39

      Are you serious? I have used the train more than I care to remeber and have found it on time, clean, efficient, and a joy to use with every single ride. Please do not fall into the ridiculous trap of critisizing everything South African as a habit.

      Gerald - 2012-04-04 09:26

      Oh really Gillian! Are you living in cloud coocoo land? Have you used the Gautrain? I am a regular user and find it high above the standard of many other similar systems in world cities such as Paris and London. Why must everything be given a political slant? Can you not just appreciate something for what it is. Nearly 6-million users already - who choose to pay and ride on this system - sounds like a free market situation to me and hardly communist propoganda. In fact your comment sounds like propaganda to me. Okay now I've said what I wanted. No hard feelings - at least we can celebrate the freedom of speech we have in this country!

      siyolise.matyila - 2012-04-04 12:02

      @ Gillian You are one of those people who condemn anything that's in south africa, you probably hate even the fact we don't get collosal hurricanes and any deadly natural disasters just like the rest of the world.troll

      Raven - 2012-04-04 13:15

      Its logical to take into account: ACCIDENTS ON HIGHWAY... PETROL PRICE... YOUR OWN CAR BREAKING DOWN ON YOU... TRAFFIC & LONG DRIVING HOURS... when talking about the gautrain before hand, or did you leave that out? As long as the security of the gautrain doesnt change and everyone is safe i dont see how its another rolling disaster to be honest. Even when there is problems on the gautrain its no inconvience, when i can just imagine saying "sorry for being late, gautrain issues" and everyone is understand which is better than,"taffic..." "then wake up earlier! first warning"

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-04 13:51

      Well done to the ANC

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-04 02:20

    Personally I found the Gautrain fantastic, clean on time and really I could not fault any of it. You can leave Cape Town at six in the morning, travel by plane and be in Pretoria central by 9am for a meeting and back to Cape Town and be walking on the beach by four the same afternoon. It worked for me.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-04-04 05:53

    Maybe if the price drops a little more then more people are going to use the service.

  • skootzie - 2012-04-04 07:36

    My only issue with this whole thing is that they built a bullet train for a 60-100km journey. A monorail system would have been double the size, quieter and more impressive for the same price. Half the price of the Gautrain would have provided a monorail system the same size as the current Gautrain network. If you're going to build a bullet train, JHB to DBN, JHB to CPT, JHB to PE etc would have made much more sense and would have been far more practical. Imagine screaming through the Karoo at 300+ kmph, for less than half the price of a plane ticket and in just about the same amount of time. Yes, please. :)

  • Steve - 2012-04-04 08:33

    They just decided to not bring the bus service into the voting...

  • E - 2012-04-04 11:37

    News24, please write a proper story. What does "most" passengers are women mean? There are no figures for this aspect, thus it could be anything in a range from 50,1% to 99%, which is a big difference. You go into detail about the racial groups and age ranges, but there is no analysis about what these figures might mean. I also agree with @skootzie that Gautrain is a "heavy" rail, when a "light" rail (eg monrail or tramway) would have been more appropriate & economical. Nevertheless, it's there now, so let's celebtate it by having a positive attitude, utilising it, and maintaining it consistently as a world class service.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-02 10:48

    Great Keep it up.

  • marjorie.mahlangu - 2012-07-17 14:31

    Gautrain was the best thing ever doner by our Goverment, i am using it every day from PTA to Rosebank.Even though it's expriencing difficulty of accomodating all the people using it everyday. VIVA TO GAUTRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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