Marching towards 2017 target
Yarona™ project has been split into four phases estimated at R2 billion. It is meant to encourage owners of private vehicles to see the system as a viable option for mobility. This will help ease congestion, reduce the impact on the environment and support the development of Rustenburg as a sustainable City. The aim is to place 80% of Rustenburg resident within 1km of Yarona™ services. Upon completion the Yarona™ will cover 295km servicing 204 000 passengers daily. The first phase is expected to “go live” in 2017.
As part of the project 36 buses will be purchased for Phase 1a routes. Moreover, great progress has been made in the construction of six state-of-the-art six stations along the Yarona™ route.
Currently Phases One and Two of the project are being implemented. Phase One has further been staggered into Phase 1A, 1B and 1C.
On a daily basis, the RRT Directorate and contractors continue to work in earnest in a bid to deliver the first phase of the project in 2017. The works, which include stations and platforms, have been divided into sections for ease of implementation, evaluation and monitoring. This process involves the relocation of several services including storm water, sewer and water pipe lines crossing or running parallel to the existing route that will require protection and or moving.
This one covers the distance along Oliver Tambo Drive and Thabo Mbeki Drive, connecting the Central Business District. It encompasses Bridge Two and the platform for Station 16. It will cost R160 million.
This section stretches between Oliver Tambo Drive and Thabo Mbeki Drive, up to Nelson Mandela Drive. It is inclusive of the platform for Station 21(central station) in Thabo Mbeki Drive. It will cost R102 million.
It passes through Thabo Mbeki Drive and Nelson Mandela Drive. It takes in Bridge One and the platform for Station 20. It will cost R128 million.
Section A and C
Construction of 1, 3 kilometres of dual dedicated bus lanes. This features two mixed lanes with surfaced shoulders and a platform for the central station.
Construction of 700m dual dedicated bus lanes. This features two mixed lanes with surfaced shoulders and a platform for the central station.
Source: RRT Directorate