An online map gives users a number of options to get around town, offering information on routes to take, types of transport available, and even cost.
PLANNING trips around Johannesburg has just become a whole lot easier with the Gautrain Integrated Public Transport Map service.
A Gautrain passenger buys a ticketA Gautrain passenger buys a ticketThe online portal contains information relating to all the forms of public transport available in the city.
It was formally launched by Gautrain’s Ingrid Jensen at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on 24 May. “The map routes you through Joburg with all public transport,” she said. “It shows how different transport modes integrate.”
There are a variety of services on offer to get you from A to B with the least amount of hassle. For instance, “A-Z via Gautrain” gives you door-to-door directions. It shows users their closest Gautrain station and automatically indicates the cost of a single fare for the Gautrain journey that is being planned.
Thereafter, if a journey on any other public transport is required to get to the destination, the system will give users details of what is on offer.
Alternatively, there is an “address search” feature. After entering the address into the search box, you can either choose to find a route to or from a location, or establish where the nearest public transport station is. The different modes of transport included are Metrorail, Metrobus and Rea Vaya. It also has a feature to locate airports.
“Station search” helps users find the specific station from which they want to leave, and provides the travel options available.
Rea Vaya stationsThe route map offers public transport infomation“Locate me” incorporates cellular triangulation. Simply enter your cellphone number into the search box at the top of the page. Within 60 seconds, you receive an SMS containing a link. You can get your location by following this link.
Triangulation involves tracking the strength of the signal from cellphone towers and gathering the co-ordinates of this position.
There is also a fare calculator for passengers. However, Jensen warned that the results were only indicative as there was such a large grouping of different routes. “People can’t live by the amount stated,” she said.
But passengers will be able to get an idea of how much they will need to fork out. It is possible to choose between a single, 10-trip (weekly) and 44-trip (monthly) pass and calculate how much it will cost. The cost of parking and the bus trip is also factored in, should you require these services.
The Gautrain Integrated Public Transport Map service had been online for two weeks while it was being tested, Jensen explained. It is already proving to be a popular feature for customers, with about 1 500 people using the map daily.
For more information, or to start planning your own trip, visit the Gautrain website.
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