The City of Tshwane is making inroads in achieving its objective of intermodal, integrated public transport that is affordable and safe.
Ushering in Transport Month yesterday, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Mr Ismael Vadi, as well as the MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, unveiled the Belle Ombre bus depot.
The Belle Ombre bus depot will be able to accommodate 114 buses and has the following features:
- Administration block which also accommodates on-call driver facilities
- Fully equipped workshop which can service both compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel buses
- CNG fuelling facilities
- Diesel fuelling facilities
- Bus washing bay
Of the 114 buses in the fleet, 40 run on CNG, thus making Tshwane the first city in sub-Saharan Africa to run full CNG-propelled buses.
The continued acquisition of CNG-propelled buses for the A Re Yeng fleet is a progressive move towards promoting and achieving a fuel switch within the City-owned fleet and will ensure that the City makes a concerted effort to minimise its own carbon footprint. This investment also acts as a stimulant for the market so that there is wide uptake of the available technologies. The City continues to reaffirm its position as a leader in green technology and other green interventions.
Mayor Msimanga stressed the importance of mobility and transport for Tshwane's residents and the City's commitment to ensuring a reliable and efficient public transport service.
The City has budgeted R669 million, R343 million and R426 million for the BRT infrastructure for the next three financial years, starting with 2017/18.
R24 million was set aside for Line 2C – Waltloo Road (between Simon Vermooten Road and Denneboom Station), and R51 million for Line 2C – Lynnwood Road (between January Masilela and Simon Vermooten Road).