5 things you need to know about the new “People’s train”

The president was joined by The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi to launch the northern Corridor of the Metro Rail Commercialised Passenger Train, which is fondly called the “Peoples Train”.  This project is part of the bigger plan by PRASA to roll out the train system of the future in order to modernise and improve the passenger travel experience in South Africa.

Here are five things you need to know about the trains:

1. R173 billion to be invested in the new train system

PRASA has invested R51 billion on buying new trains and R4 billion on new hybrid locomotives. The investment programme for the modernisation of passenger rail infrastructure and services totals R173 billion.

2. Train stations will undergo upgrades

The programme focuses on station and depot modernisation, upgrading of signalling and overhead lines, railway tracks and platform correction.

3. PRASA owns 585 train stations that use 22 000 kilometres of the rail network

PRASA has a total fleet of 4 735 coaches, with an overall staff complement of 18 207.

4. A complete overhaul of the railway infrastructure

PRASA cannot launch new trains on the old infrastructure as it is over 40 years old because the infrastructure will be unable to support the new train and its technology.

5. Several trains have already been refurbished

PRASA has refurbished 291 Metrorail and two hundred and ninety eight (298) ShosholozaMeyl coaches. In addition, 27 stations have been upgraded nationally.

For more info, visit PRASA.


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