On Tuesday 15 February, during his State of the Province Address, premier David Makhura announced plans for a new one ticket system for all forms of major public transport.
Makhura said the system will be developed by the newly established Gauteng Transport Authority whose first priority is, “to establish a single ticket so that those who are using buses, taxis, trains (including the Gautrain), and any other transport can move from one part of the province to the other using a single ticket.”
This is not the first time a one-ticket-system has been rolled out – in 2016 a similar project was trialled in Pretoria by the National Taxi Council which enabled commuters on the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route to use a single ticket to pay for all their trips.
In the end, we want integrated, reliable, affordable and efficient public transport.” – Premier, David Makhura
Makhura also mentioned a proposal to integrate the Metrorail and Gautrain services. Referring to the release of a recent public transport report by the Competition Commission, Makhura said that the government was unfairly subsidising Gautrain users in favour of the middle class.
The Competition Commission has recommended that the Gauteng provincial government take over the control over Metro Rail and its management and integrate it with Gautrain services in order to pave the way for a single-ticket-system that doesn’t separate commuters according to class.