Rea Vaya set to return

A Rea Vaya bus. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

A Rea Vaya bus. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Piotrans, the company tasked with operations at the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is confident that everything is on track in terms of preparations for the resumption of services.

Commuters have been left frustrated since the expulsion of 160 drivers. The operators were fired following a disciplinary hearing which found them guilty of misconduct after abandoning their buses without explantion.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Piotrans spokesman Dumisani Mntambo could not reveal much on the progress made on preparations for the resumption of services. “We will only be able to give more clarity on our preparations by midweek,” Mntambo said.

Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg’s transport department said it will inform residents and passengers as soon as possible on specific dates on when Rea Vaya’s services will resume. “Piotrans submitted its final operation plan on how the service will return and it has been accepted by the city for execution as it based on long term operational efficiency for the benefit of passengers.

“The city expects a better performing bus operating company for the benefit of passengers when the service returns.”

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