Assessing the redevelopment of the South African passenger transport system : the proposed Gautrain project.
Mohlala, Minah Mashadi.
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The Gauteng Province is introducing another railway system in South Africa. It is an 80-kilometre Mass Rapid Transit railway system. It is hoped to offer commuters an alternative public transport in addition to the current. The study uses a quantitative approach where a questionnaire was distributed. A snowball sample of 156 people around Gauteng was used to: - recognize the importance or value of outlining the possible impact on traffic during the redevelopment of the passenger railway systems; - examine the perception of the sample size with regard to the proposed Gautrain; - investigate whether respondents will use the train to work or to the airport; - find out what respondent’s expectations are on using the Gautrain; - whether respondents think there will be an economic benefit to them; - what respondents think about the time that they will save using the train; - what respondents think about their safety in and around the trains. According to respondents it is important for passengers to have efficient and reliable public transport. Respondents have confidence in the proposed Gautrain project. Most respondents agree that the community will benefit economically from the project and are positive that the Gautrain will improve the quality of life for the people in Gauteng. The majority of the respondents also agree that Gautrain will be a safe mode of transport to use. This study focuses on the mass redevelopment of the South African passenger transport system which seeks to improve the sector. It is therefore recommended that South African Transport be redeveloped by introducing alternative modes of transport like the proposed Gautrain.