Rustaenburg’s No1. (RRT) high quality public transport

About Yarona

The rapidly growing city of Rustenburg is ushering in new developments in the urban transport sector with a promise to counter the trend of increasing traffic congestion and improve the infrastructure outlook. The city is taking giant leaps to introduce the Rustenburg integrated public transport system – Yarona Rustenburg, a flagship national public transport initiative being implemented by the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM). The rapid transport system which will operate as Yarona Rustenburg has a mandate from the National Department of Transport, to provide a better public transport system for the people of Rustenburg. Yarona Rustenburg is a catalyst for urban transport reform in Rustenburg and is poised to improve operational efficiency for the business community, education, and the general traveller by encouraging modal shift from private motorised vehicles to public transport. Passengers’ journey will be much quicker because bus rapid transit enjoys dedicated bus-only lanes. An added advantage of the service is the universal accessibility of the service which allows for level boarding between stations and buses and thus easily accessible to individuals with limited mobility.

What is Yarona Rustenburg?

Yarona Rustenburg is an Integrated Rapid Public Transport service that aims to integrated various modes of transport which seek to provide a safer, reliable, accessible, affordable, transport system that gives priority to public over private transport. The plan is to provide integration of public transport with the emphasis being on the delivery of an integrated public transport system. This includes an extensive effort to integrate fares and branding for the system with an array of other services, including local and long-distance bus services, feeder vehicles, taxis, pedestrian passageways, bicycles, and private cars.

Why is Yarona being introduced in Rustenburg?

The goals and objectives of the project are to transform existing public transport conditions by providing a high quality, cost effective, car competitive public transport system that will serve the mobility needs of all segments of the municipality’s population, even current owners of private vehicles and in doing so, ease congestion, reduce the impact on the environment and support the development of a sustainable city; to achieve this objective by placing 80% of the municipality’s population within 500m of a station or feeder corridor; to improve and integrate the municipality’s urban transport system and attract more investment and tourism and ultimately stimulate the economy and job creation. The aim of the project is to transform the existing public transport conditions and image by providing high quality, cost effective, car competitive public transport system that will serve the mobility needs of the city’s population

How many buses will be introduced?

Approximately 90 low entry standard buses will be purchased for Phase 1 and 2 routes

System features

“We as a community, we are moving together as one” “It includes everyone” “Because we are a united city”

How will the implementation of RRT affect informal traders?

Informal vendors will be encouraged to become formal vendors, and benefit from safety and security of trading in established spaces allocated to each eligible trader.

How will Yarona benefit the general public?

Improved image of the municipality will result in improved quality of life for its residents, more reliance on affordable and reliable public service, less need to use private vehicles, greener environment.

Are there specific benefits to the affected residents?

Improved public transport service, improved quality of life through shorter travel times and improved air quality through lesser emissions.

What kind of jobs will be created?

General Labourers, Drivers and Operators, Artisans and technical skilled persons, supervisors, Managers, cleaners, security, cashiers, retailers, mechanics etc.