How does A Re Yeng operate?
A Re Yeng operates from a state-of-the-art Central Control Centre (CCC) to enhance security and provide real-time information to passengers. Special needs passengers, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities, are able to embark and disembark all A Re Yeng buses with ease.
What are A Re Yeng's objectives?
A Re Yeng is aimed at providing modern technology and infrastructure, including efficient buses, dedicated lanes and passenger smart cards.
The stations are a landscape feature of Tshwane; their identifiable structures supported by universal graphic signage and way finding make it easy to find them. A vertical element outside the station will assist all visitors to identify their current location, plan their trip and see places of interest along the way. Interesting artwork on the vertical element will add to the travel experience.
A Re Yeng has two types of stations: the memory box and the retro tram. The memory box stations are located in the CBD along Paul Kruger and Nana Sita Street. This concept includes imagery and information relating to the historic buildings located in the vicinity.
The retro tram station was chosen for the stations outside the CBD. This concept evokes the imagery of the old tram lines realised in a modern style. Its distinctive design and allegory of trams suggest a timeless quality that is rooted in the past but extends to the future.
The closed ticketing system of the trunk service requires an enclosed station that allows for passenger transfer between routes and reduces fare evasion.
A typical station will include the following features:
An access ramp with a maximum 1:15 gradient to take care of people with mobility impairment and other disabilities;
Kiosks for ticket sales and information;
Gates to validate tickets at entry and exit;
Multiple automated doors on both sides of a station to ease access to the buses;
Real-time passenger information; and
Facilities for staff.
A Re Yeng uses low-floor buses to improve mobility and reduce the impact on the streetscape. The station designs are unique to the BRT scheme and to Tshwane. A Re Yeng offers significant transfers between feeder and trunk services. The stations are larger than the normal stations in order to accommodate the larger number of passengers waiting to transfer.
The A Re Yeng fare system is a cashless system; passengers purchase the Connector card for R25,00 once off; no cash is handled by the bus drivers, which makes the system safer. Connector cards can be purchased and/or topped up at any A Re Yeng station and at the Sammy Marks Customer Care Centre.
The service design is influenced by the projected number of passengers, the choice of vehicle and its capacity.
Two suitable vehicle types have been identified:
18 meter articulated bus that can carry between 90 and 120 passengers
12-meter standard bus that can carry between 65 and 75 passengers
A Re Yeng complies with the latest European Standards for emissions and a portion of the fleet is operated on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which is a more environmentally friendly fuel than diesel.