"Commuters have been, and are still, fleeing from passenger rail as they cannot rely on the trains to travel to and from work," explains Herron. Are you looking to buy a car next year to avoid the Metrorail disaster? Get the most affordable cover here!
"We have never had such an incident at Woltemade. For now it looks like the officer was targeted. We are waiting for a full report from the police to establish the motive for this attack. The report will give us an indication if there is a need to put in extra preventative measures at our stations," she explained in a previous report.
"The City cannot sit back and wait for the National Government to intervene because time is of the essence. A sense of urgency is required, as is a plan of action," explains Herron.It has since been announced that the City of Cape Town will gradually take over the management and operations of Metrorail.
"The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) devised a business plan which stipulates how we intend to take over passenger rail in a structured and incremental manner. The take-over must happen gradually so that the City can plan ahead, acquire the necessary skills, and develop the additional capacity to ensure the long-term sustainability of passenger rail."
"Despite indications from Metrorail and Prasa management that they support the proposal, we have been unable to get them to commit to moving it forward. That offer still stands. I reiterate that the City supports the incorporation of Metrorail into the City’s existing public transport network and that we will pursue the assignment of the urban rail function to the City," explains Herron.
"I want to assure residents and those who are concerned about the financial risks involved in taking over the urban rail function that we will not be taking over any unfunded mandates. National Government will have to allocate all of the relevant subsidies, key among them being the operating subsidy, to the City. All additional funding needed for building up commuter rail from scratch must also come from the national fiscus."This project is going to cost the City millions to stabilize the system.
"We will host a Rail Dialogue early in 2018, and will also engage Metrorail and Prasa on the implementation of possible short-term interventions. The City cannot do this alone – we need the cooperation and support of Metrorail, Prasa. As well as those who are employed by Metrorail, the private sector, and most importantly, civil society and rail commuters going forward," concludes Herron.Last week, Brett Herron took a trip on a Metrorail train to Cape Town. His trip was documented and spread across social media platforms. Here's what happened...