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Nelson Mandela Bay To Set Up Inter-Modal Transport Planning Committee

AUGUST 28, 2014
Nelson Mandela Bay To Set Up Inter-Modal Transport Planning Committee

The Nelson Mandela Bay Council is to be asked to approve the establishment of an Inter-Modal Planning Committee (IPC) “to coordinate public transport between modes of transport” as required by the National Land Transport Act.

The Act requires municipalities that are establishing Integrated Public Transport Systems (IPTS) and have “significant rail passenger services” to establish such a committee.

The metro is establishing an IPTS and has an existing rail service between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) planning a service to Mother-well with the intention later of constructing a loop into the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

A report to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee states that among the priority matters that will be dealt with by the IPC will be the development of an Integrated Transport Plan, which must be updated regularly.

A second priority is the improvement of passenger rail services in terms of the Regional Rail Plan prepared by PRASA and a third the development of the IPTS.

The report points out that in terms of the draft regulations to the Act, the IPC must provide for the “holistic integration” of scheduled and unscheduled bus services; mini-bus taxi services and rail passenger services with each other as well as with other modes of public transport.

The establishment of the IPC could also result in additional transport functions being transferred from the Provincial Department of Transport to Nelson Mandela Bay.

One of the issues the IPC must address is to ensure that it feeds into the development of one or more agreements with the provincial department and operators in order to establish integrated public transport networks as well as the possible assigning of existing bus contracts currently held by province to the municipality.

In addition, the IPC is required “where appropriate” to consider with province the assignment of the operating license function from the province to the municipality. -metrominutes