The Gautrain has today celebrated carrying one-million train passengers since opening Phase 1 of the project on the 8th of June 2010. Today’s celebration centered around Ms Ulindi Krull from Reiger Park who is a regular commuter from Rhodesfield to Marlboro stations. Mrs Krull, who expressed her delight with the ease and speed of commuting by Gautrain was presented with a complimentary weekend stay at the luxury Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in the heart of Sandton.
This milestone, coinciding almost exactly with 100 days of operation, represents another significant landmark as the Gautrain continues to integrate into the lives and hearts of commuters in Gauteng.
What began with the glamour and glitz of a train vs car race (naturally the train was much faster than the Lamborghini driven by radio personality Paul Rotherham); has also included a special trip by the 103-year old Ms Ann Maynard of Kempton Park; the successful trial of the system by eight dogs and their handlers from the SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind and the recent romantic engagement of Daniel Lifschitz to Stacey Edelman at the top of the escalators at Sandton station.
Within days of opening nearly a month ahead of schedule and in time for the FIFA Soccer World Cup the Gautrain was carrying approximately 80,000 passengers per week. Post world cup, the train service has stabilized at about 50,000 passengers per week with bus passengers at about 4000 passengers per week and showing steady growth.
The next big milestone in the life of the project will be the opening of Phase 2 in the latter half of next year. This “north-south” line which comprises the remaining two thirds of the project will link the Johannesburg CBD to Pretoria and Hatfield via Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand and Centurion. Preceding the opening of Phase 2 however will be the finalization of construction works, the testing and commissioning of all systems and sub-systems and trial running of both the trains and buses.
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