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IPTS has been rolled out in Port Elizabeth

MAR 26, 2018

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Monday said that the pace at which the Metro's previously stagnant Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) has been rolled out has nothing to do with him trying to retain his position as Mayor ahead of a motion of no confidence against him on Thursday.

Trollip was accompanied by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport, Cllr Rano Kayser, and the CEO of Spectrum Alert, the company contracted to operate the IPTS buses, Chris King.

The rollout of the buses also called Libhongolethu, and the opening of the newly-constructed bus depot in Cleary Park was welcomed with excitement by local students.

Special provision has been made for pensioners and students, in the form of a 20% discount. However, students will qualify for a discount only if they can produce their student cards. Members of the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) and Metro Police will get a free pass to ensure there is constant security on the bus.

The buses will roll out of the depot at 5am on Tuesday, from Cleary Park to the CBD, and commuters will receive two weeks' free tickets to ascertain if the route covered and time schedule fit their travelling itinerary.

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