Transport authority established for integrated transport and spatial development

June 18th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Gauteng Transport Authority Bill was recently adopted by the Provincial Legislature as a vital step for integrated transport planning and co-ordination of public transport operations across the province. The Transport Authority will cover the Gauteng City Region, involving the provincial department of roads and transport and municipal transport administrations. The authority – currently in the process of being legally established – will co-ordinate the planning, integration and enforcement of public transport operations in the province.

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, said that the passing of the Bill comes at an opportune time for the Department, following the  launch of the Gauteng Household Travel Survey to sample transport patterns of households provincially. The survey results expected in October this year will assist the  Gauteng Transport Authority to plan, build and expand the public transport system and better co-ordinate public transport operations provincially.

A legally constituted Gauteng Transport Authority will seek to transform the current fragmentation of public transport governance and co-ordinate the management of public transport institutions in the Province. This forms part of Gauteng Government’s 25-Year Plan (ITMP25) for transport and spatial development. By establishing this authority it is envisaged that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport’s ITMP25 will be more effective. The transport authority is expected to address fragmentation in transport service delivery and improve service quality.

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe has been appointed for an initial period of six month to steer the establishment of the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA).

Contact Gauteng Roads and Transport, Tel 011 355-7000, gproads.transport@gauteng.gov.za

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