October 2013 will see the start of construction of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) Central Station. The station will be built in Thabo Mbeki Drive and will take around 24 months to complete. As a result, for those taxi and bus operators who have routes into the CBD, there will be some disruptions to the flow of traffic in and around Thabo Mbeki Drive, between Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo Drives. In some places there may only be one lane in each direction, and therefore dropping off and collecting passengers in the construction zone will not be permitted due to safety concerns.
In order to keep both the driver and their passengers safe, those drivers who service the Thabo Mbeki Drive route are encouraged to find alternative drop off and collection points away from the construction area before the October 2013 start date. Taxi driver are encouraged to make sure their customers also know what to expect before the start of construction, to make the changes smoother for everyone.
The Central Station is being designed specifically to service a brand new RRT bus fleet, and will have level boarding platforms and cashless Smart Cards to make the system efficient and safer. Transport services not affected by Phase 1 of the RRT will continue to operate from the Taxi Rank, which will be linked to the Central Station via Fatima Bhayat. From the end of 2015, the Taxi Rank should become less congested.
The Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) knows it takes time to adjust to changes and the resulting new movements. Over the next two years the RLM will try to keep everyone as involved as possible. Taxi and bus operators or employees in the industry, can take any concerns or questions to their Association or Operator Management.