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  • Late 2006

    11 hours ago via Twitter

    The City of Johannesburg Mayoral Committee decides to consider a Bus Rapid Transit System in November.

  • August 2007

    Former City Mayor Amos Masondo, government officials and members of 18 taxi associations from Top Six and Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council (GJRTC) visit Bogota and Pereira in Columbia, South America, to study the country’s BRT system.

  • October 2007

    Rea Vaya BRT construction starts in the inner city.

  • December 2007

    Top Six and GJRTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City to provide the basis for thorough engagement in the BRT planning process.

  • September 2008

    Top Six and GJRTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City to provide the basis for thorough engagement in the BRT planning process.


  • November 2008

    A prototype station opens in Joubert Park.

  • December 2008

    A tender for the manufacture and maintenance of 143 buses for Phase 1A is awarded to Scania SA partners with Marcopolo SA. 102 buses are complementary, while 41 are articulated.

  • February 2009

    11 hours ago via Twitter

    Rea Vaya’s first complementary bus arrives from Brazil and the City goes through a station naming process inviting public participation.

  • April 2009

    Construction on Phase 1A – running from Regina Mundi in Soweto to Ellis Park- is near completion and is set to start operating in time for the FIFA Confederations Cup in June 2009.

  • April 2009

    Due to taxi-related issues on the verge of a general election, African National Congress President Jacob Zuma called for a temporary halt until the new administration could be briefed.

  • May 2009

    Rea Vaya bus fares are approved by the City of Johannesburg council.

  • May 2009

    The executive mayor was given a communiqué from the minister of transport indicating that national government has set processes in place to address taxi industry concerns. He also advised against piloting a BRT service for the Confederations Cup and suggested the beginning of September as a start for the BRT.


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