Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says there has been a substantial increase in passengers travelling on the Gautrain since the launch of the City of Johannesburg’s EcoMobility World Festival, last week.
He said there had been a passenger increase of 7.7% on Gautrain trips.
The MEC on Wednesday said on the first day of the festival, the Gautrain recorded its highest Monday passenger trip count with an average of 60 120 passengers using the service on the day compared to the normal 55 800 average Monday passenger trips.
He said the bus service increased by 512 passenger trips with an average of 21 076 passengers using the bus service on the day. A total of 2 934 non-train users were also recorded on buses, according to the MEC.
“The recent increase in the usage of the Gautrain passengers shows that commuters are making a conscious shift from private car use to public transport, and that public transport is safe, reliable, accessible and affordable.
“Our goal is to make public transport more accessible, convenient and integrated. The EcoMobility Festival is proving that public transport is accessible and affordable and the recent increase of passenger numbers on the Gautrain system shows that public transport is a mode of choice and not of force,” he said.
He said in support of the EcoMobility Festival, Gautrain has made few adjustments to its services.