Transport MEC Fransman announces launch date of “Khayelitsha Express
THE much spoken about “Khayelitsha Express” will set off on its maiden journey from Khayelitsha to the City on Wednesday, 31 October 2007.
The announcement of the launch date of what is likely to become a jewel in the crown of Metrorail Western Cape’s service was made yesterday by Transport and Public Works MEC Marius Fransman.
“It’s great news – and, coming as it does in October, it will provide a big boost to the Western Cape’s programme for Transport Month,” Fransman said.
“The 300-seater luxury train will serve five stations on the Khayelitsha-Nyanga corridor – Khayelitsha, Mandalay, Heideveld, Mutual and Cape Town.
“It has been designed to significantly reduce travelling time to the City. Commuters will be whisked into Cape Town in less than 40 minutes,” he said.
“And what’s more, they will make the journey in comfort and safety. They will find the Express to be a viable and competitive public transport option.”
Fransman said the train would have a dedicated service, technical and security crew on board. “I am convinced that those who make the daily trip will be delighted with some of the mod-cons on offer, including complimentary coffee, newspapers and laptop connections.”
He called on commuters living in the catchment area of the “Khayelitsha Express” (Khayelithsa, Mandalay, Heideveld and Mutual) to give the service a “test ride”.
“The normal price of a monthly ticket will be R300 – but in terms of a special introductory offer, commuters who purchase a ticket between Monday, 22 October and Friday, 26 October 2007, will qualify for a 30 percent discount introductory offer.
“In other words, those who take advantage of this offer will pay R200,” Fransman said.
Discounted tickets will be available for purchase from Metrorail’s Customer Service Line at 021-449 2144 from 22-26 October.
Fransman said that the “Khayelitsha Express” formed part of the transport strategy in Western Cape – to improve the safety and comfort of commuters who rely on public transport to get them to and from work, school and university.
“Of course, our ideal is to encourage those who are presently using private transport to change to public transport – by offering a safe and efficient service.
“The recently opened BMT lane along the N2 cut travelling time for commuters using buses and taxis. The Khayelitsha Express will offer comfort and timesaving to those who can afford to spend a little more on travel,” he said.
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