World Association of the Major Metropolises
Rea Vaya, which means ‘we are going,’ is the City’s first dedicated BRT system and will play a key role in the development of the City’s public transport systems.
It is also the first full Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system ever implemented on the African continent. It is a critical project for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) to attain its goal of being "a world class African city" by 2020 and has a set of ambitious goals. The project aims to support the CoJ in deeply reforming its current transportation marketplace, mostly based on mini- taxis, to provide its inhabitants with a punctual, carefully planned bus service. The second goal is to "re-stitch" the
city together. Lastly, the CoJ BRT system is an efficient way to drastically reduce the city's C02 emissions in both regulating private vehicle emissions through a reduction of their number, and in purchasing a modern, low-emission bus fleet. The BRT has had a direct impact on the lives of those passengers who take the BRT buses each day. Passengers are safer with the better safety records of the buses, while bus drivers and other former taxi drivers are now in formalised employment systems. It has improved commuting time into the Inner City. The system is affordable, reliable, and provides a clean, quality transport service for commuters. It has improved the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the City. The City of Johannesburg will strive to maximize public transport integration. This involves ensuring that the mode matches the demand and that the City maintains high levels of cooperation with other spheres of government and providers of public transport.