The Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) completed the second week of the Yarona Bus technical tests on the well-progressing station construction in the CBD, Tlhabane corridor and R510. The technical test come after the Executive Mayor of the Rustenburg Local Municipality welcomed the first branded bus in June to run with technical demonstrations, in preparation for the launch late this year.

Joining the team was MMC for the directorate, Roads and Transport, Mr Kgaladi whom was impressed with the progress of the project. Driving around the CBD, R510 and Tlhabane, the team stopped at different stations, using the bus lane to check on any technical defects on the bus versus the stations. With just few months left to the launch, the project has progressed well, with all the stations in the R510 route being constructed, and the main station in the CBD also getting a fair progress. The stations at Tlhabane will soon commence as there were still technicalities that needs to be attended to, and some of the installed Bus stop names and signage needs to be redone.

Showing excitement as he entered the Ridder Station, MMC Kgaladi commended the team for tirelessly ensuring that the progress is fair and moving swiftly. “I am happy with the manner in which the pace of construction has taken shape. We are honestly excited and cannot wait to see the buses driving around Rustenburg, and taking our lovely commuters to their respective destinations. This is a flagship project that we will grow to celebrate and it will soon be completed. We want to urge the community to be supportive and ensure that the bus is assisted when it is driving around, and seeing how most motorists park in the CBD really is of a concern, but we will all win this one”, MMC Kgaladi commented.

Mapping the route and naming the bus stops, the RRT team drove around for two weeks along Tlhabane, Geelhout, R510, and Noord in quest to finalise the routes for Phase1A, and check any technical defects on the bus. At the end, the bus and the stations are pairing well, with minor attention needed for certain technicalities. The bus will continue to be used for the routes around the Waterfall Mall, Cashan, Safari and CBD for the final report and preparation for the launch.

“The main station at the CBD is taking good shape and the construction is coming well. The municipality cannot wait to have the commuters on board and see the buses operating and assisting with issues of traffic on our roads. This is a major milestone for all of us and we must all look forward to making it a success”, MMC Kgaladi concluded.

The main launch for Phase1A is looked to be late this year, and given the current pace of the project, commuters might actually be utilising Yarona Bus sooner.