Universal Access and Yarona
Yarona™ has put in place vital features to ensure transportation that is safer, user-friendly and affordable for people living with disabilities, including platforms that are level with the buses and crosswalk signals with audio tones and other features.
One of the main goals of Yarona™ is that of enabling all citizens to reach their destination safely, comfortably and with the least inconvenience. Yarona™ also seeks to promote road safety through mutual respect and courtesy among all road users, be it drivers, pedestrians or cyclists.
To that end, universal access is a major component of the Yarona™ system as it accommodates all people, whether they use cars bicycles, are walking, or are using a wheelchair in order to achieve transportation equity, maximise independence, and improve community livability.
Yarona™ ensures that users with special needs are catered for in this state of the art public transport service. Special needs passengers include people in wheelchairs, those with hearing and visual impairments, the elderly, and children. Special needs facilities include tactile paving for the blind; boarding bridges to ensure level boarding between the stops, the stations and the bus; audible pedestrian crossings; and safety features including CCTV cameras.
The Rustenburg Road Transport (RRT) Directorate, which administers Yarona™ has taken steps to align the project’s strategic outlook to the overall programme of Rustenburg Local Municipality – that of creating an inclusive world-class City. The Municipality has committed itself to building a prosperous, caring city with facilities that are easily accessible to all users.
Executive Mayor Cllr Mpho Khunou says:
“Universal access is a major component of the Yarona™ system as it accommodates all people, whether they use cars, bicycles, walking or are using a wheelchair in order to achieve mobility. Special needs facilities include tactile paving for the visually impaired; boarding bridges to ensure level boarding between the stops, stations, audible pedestrian crossings and safety features which include CCTV cameras.”
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