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Metro to conduct IPTS buses trial run on Tuesday

Nov 21, 2017
Metro to conduct IPTS buses trial run on Tuesday

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, which had promised the much-awaited Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) buses would hit the road before the end of October, is on Tuesday expected to conduct a trial run of the buses.

"As most of our residents are aware, the Municipality is approaching the introduction and implementation of Phase 1a of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) starter service on the Cleary Park route," said Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki, at the beginning of the month. 

"Prior to the introduction of this safe, accessible and reliable public transport system, the Municipality needs to undertake a dry run and driver training. This will be done to ensure the operational readiness of the system."

Mniki said that using the existing IPTS lanes, it is intended that the driver training will start on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.

"Residents, pedestrians, motorists as well as businesses must please be on the alert that the IPTS buses will be on the road between Cleary Park and the Central Business District from that date, using dedicated IPTS bus lanes," he added. 

"The Municipality wishes to caution all road users to be aware that the traffic signals that provides priority to the IPTS buses will be activated."

The Nelson Mandela Bay’s IPTS is famously known as South Africa’s most expensive public transport bungle in any Metro after over R1 billion was allegedly thrown at the project - yet not a single bus has been on the road since the launch of the project in 2010.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition vowed to get the system off the ground.

Several former taxi drivers have now undergone training for them to be able to drive the IPTS' Libongolethu buses.

The buses can accommodate 35 people seated and 8 people standing. They are also wheelchair-friendly bus with special doors for the disabled and a space inside for their wheelchairs.

IMPORTANT: From 21 November 2017 onwards, no vehicles, inclusive of minibus taxis, will be allowed to use the dedicated IPTS bus lane along Govan Mbeki Road via Theale Street, Fettes Road, Harrower Road up to Stanford Road towards Cleary Park and back. Note that transgressors will be fined and that their vehicles will be towed away, for their cost.