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The first details about new infrastructure along the next stage of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya network were announced by Executive Mayor Parks Tau in his 2014 State of the City Address today.

The extension to the Bus Rapid Transit network will run along Louis Botha and Katherine Streets and consists of 16 kilometres of Rea Vaya infrastructure and 10 new stations. 

Speaking at the Soweto Communal Hall, Mayor Tau said the new route will also include: 

a state of the art and underground public transport interchange at the site of the Wynberg Bridge; 

31km of public environment upgrade in Alexandra; 

 more than 5 kilometres of walking and cycling lanes – including a bridge over the M1 to improve access to the estimated 10 000 people walking between Alexandra and the Sandton CBD every day;  

a second bridge over the M1 to accommodate the Rea Vaya bus lanes in Marlboro; 

a new transport system in the Sandton CBD. This will ensure seamless integration between the Gautrain station, walking, cycling, Rea Vaya, mini bus taxis and other bus services; and

a new bus depot in the inner city, and Alexandra. 

Mayor Tau said the new Rea Vaya infrastructure will support spatial transformation along the Louis Botha corridor and will be followed by investment in schools, clinics and social housing on the same corridor.   

Metrobus will be restructured on new routes and with a new business model, similar to Rea Vaya. The aim is to grow passenger numbers and improve service reliability.