Rea vaya bus depot. Image: ANA

Rea vaya bus depot. Image: ANA

City of Johannesburg plans to give Rea Vaya bus depot a facelift

The revamp will include washing and refuelling bays.

Rea vaya bus depot. Image: ANA

Rea vaya bus depot. Image: ANA

The City of Johannesburg (COJ) has announced plans to revamp the Rea Vaya bus depot.

The revamp will turn Rea Vaya Bus depot into a “state-of-the-art” facility

In a statement on Tuesday, COJ said the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the city’s department of transport, will be revamping the existing Selby bus depot.

The aim of the revamp which is set to open in 2020 in the inner city, is to turn it into a “state-of-the-art” Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) depot for phase 1B and phase 1C operations.

COJ said the construction of the Selby depot is being undertaken in phases, namely phase 1, phase 2B and phase 2C.

“This centrally located depot will minimise dead mileage, as well as minimise the time lost by buses in traffic congestion between depots and route starting points, this facility is a testament to the city’s medium-term focus to improving the existing bulk infrastructure to support increased development, improve public environments and social facilities, as well as linkages to the public transport facilities.”

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport Councillor Nonhlanhla Makhuba

Johannesburg: The new depot will accommodate 270 buses

Once completed, the Selby DRP depot, which was formerly used by Putco Bus, will accommodate up to 270 buses. It will feature an administration building, maintenance building, washing and refuelling bays and an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) control centre.

The administration block will have ablution facilities, a canteen, offices and staff and visitors parking.

“Public transport and related infrastructure have been seen as an instrument for change, this with initiatives encouraging transit services to function at an optimum level, and help contribute to reshaping urban form and catalyse further development in the inner city and the City, as a whole.”

Councillor Reuben Masango, MMC for Development Planning.

-African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti