PRASA reopens Soweto to Joburg CBS line

PRASA reopens Soweto to Joburg CBS line

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa reopened another line connecting Soweto to the Johannesburg CBD as part of efforts to improve public transport. 

Facebook: Department of Transport
Facebook: Department of Transport

As part of the relaunch, Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga took a trip on a train from the Nancefield to Johannesburg line on Friday.

The line which was recently reopened.

“To date, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restored 31 of the 40 lines nationally, with over 263 of the 463 stations that were vandalised refurbished to basic functionality,” Chikunga said on Friday.

According to Chikunga, there’s been a boost in passenger rail commuter trips nationwide since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said there have been over 70 million passenger train trips over the last three years.

"Though we are not where we should be, this marks a significant improvement and illustrates the demand for the service. It also tells the story that people are gradually choosing rail as their preferred mode of transport," she added. 

"By providing affordable and efficient transportation options, we have empowered marginalised groups, improved access to opportunities, and fostered greater social and economic inclusion. Our people now have access to comfortable modern trains that get them to their destinations on time."


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