Rapid Transport System Explained
In line with the National Land Transport Strategic Framework (NLTSF), Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) took the decision to introduce an Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN). The Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system forms part of the national agenda towards the integration of various modes of transportation. This is an attempt to transform the public transport sector, in line with national policy, through the provision of a high quality transport system that is affordable, safe, rapid, reliable, accessible, and environmentally friendly. This will reduce the overall journey travelled by public transport users. Yarona is the official name of the integrated public transport system.
The name is inspired by the people and derives from the Setswana “Ke Ya Rona” meaning “It is Ours.” Key amongst the characteristics of the system will be an improvement in access between residential areas and major economic nodes. The main objective of the RRT system is therefore to provide new and attractive road-based public transport services.
The Rustenburg Local Municipality is mandated by the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 to engage all stakeholders that may be affected by the implementation of the RRT on a quarterly basis. To that end, the RRT project team continuously engages with stakeholders and all affected parties. Engaging Community is vital and in line with ‘Batho Pele’ principles.
Bus Rapid Transit
South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy, approved by cabinet in 2007, features the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) programme as its road-based component. The BRT is designed to move large numbers of people to all parts of a city quickly and safely. Its aim is to link different parts of a city into a network.
With the BRT system, government aims to ensure that by 2020, most city residents are no more than 500m from a bus station. It further seeks to ensure that different parts of a city are connected into a network.
Where it all started
Rustenburg is one of 13 cities around South Africa selected by National Government to implement a public transport improvement project. South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy and the Public Transport Action Plan were developed by the National Department of Transport (DoT) and approved by Cabinet in 2007.
The DoT’s Action Plan is premised on two main thrusts:
- The improvement of the quality of the country’s public transport fleet and its current operations in the short term through Accelerated Modal Upgrading.
- The implementation of an Integrated Rapid Transport Network (IRPTN) in 13 targeted cities by 2020.
- With the IRPTS, Rustenburg local Municipality aims to provide affordable, reliable and efficient public transport system to residents of the city.