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Prasa Rail acting CEO removed
Prasa Rail acting CEO removed

Mthuthuzeli Swartz was removed as acting CEO of Prasa Rail on Tuesday after the interim board deemed his continued leadership "too much of a risk"...

By Aidan Jones 18 Apr 2018

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to hold a public unveiling of the Toulouse facility sometime later in 2018.
Pieces fall into place for new Hyperloop test track in France

Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has been quite busy signing deals to explore the potential of high-speed transport routes all around the world, but has little in the way of functioning prototypes and test tracks to show for it...

By Nick Lavars 17 Apr 2018

Notice of Golden Arrow bus strike action issued
Notice of Golden Arrow bus strike action issued

Golden Arrow has alerted its passengers to nationwide strike action which will affect the entire South African bus industry...

16 Apr 2018

Prasa's bizarre CEO appointment
Prasa's bizarre CEO appointment

Cromet Molepo, Prasa's acting group CEO for just four months, started retirement on Sunday with leave worth more than R1.3-million and a controversial legacy...

By Rebecca Redelmeier 6 Apr 2018

Why Rura set new public transport fares
Why Rura set new public transport fares

Effective 2 April 2018, public transport fares increased by 5% from Rwf20 to Rwf22 per kilometre in the City of Kigali while passengers travelling from one town to another will part away with Rwf21 per kilometre, a 7% increase...

By Joseph Mudingu 5 Apr 2018

Have your say on Transport Authority Bill
Have your say on Transport Authority Bill

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has published the Gauteng Transport Authority Bill (2018) for public comments...

27 Mar 2018

Further price hikes: fuel prices to increase in April
Further price hikes: fuel prices to increase in April

It will be an April of financial woe for South Africans. The price of everything is going up - including fuel. Fill it up while you can...

By Jason Snyman 26 Mar 2018

'Gauteng on the Move' app takes hassle out of commuting
'Gauteng on the Move' app takes hassle out of commuting

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has launched a mobile app that will provide commuters with real-time public transit information, timetables and fares for Gauteng-based public transport operators...

15 Mar 2018

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Buses could be history sooner than you think - here's why

Buses have been a reliable feature of urban and rural landscapes for more than 200 years, but the end of the bus has already been signalled...

By Marcus Mayers, David Bamford 12 Mar 2018

Images of Virgin Hyperloop One's prototype pod show a very spacious cabin.
Virgin Hyperloop One shows off a passenger pod in Dubai

Virgin Hyperloop One has been making inroads in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a little while, having already presented its vision for a route connecting cities across the Middle East, including a 12-minute link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

By Nick Lavars 1 Mar 2018

New bills to push for integrated transport system
New bills to push for integrated transport system

Cabinet has approved two bills which lay the foundation towards the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 aspirations of an integrated passenger transport system that is accessible for all...

1 Mar 2018

Prasa to fork out R1bn in backpay as it reinstates 700 dismissed workers
Prasa to fork out R1bn in backpay as it reinstates 700 dismissed workers

The cost to reinstate the 700 workers who were fired by the Passenger Rail of South Africa (Prasa) after a protected strike five years ago will amount to over R1-billion...

By Ernest Mabuza 28 Feb 2018

AftaRobot minibus taxi app launched
AftaRobot minibus taxi app launched

The newly-launched AftaRobot mobile app aims to improve operational efficiency for minibus taxi drivers and associations by providing insight into routing, rideshare capacities, and more of their workforce...

23 Feb 2018

Harare bans kombis from CBD
Harare bans kombis from CBD

Harare City Council has banned commuter omnibuses from the central business district (CBD) and is ordering them to operate from new ranks...

By Yeukai Karengezeka 22 Feb 2018

On-demand helicopter booking platform partners with Airbus Helicopters
On-demand helicopter booking platform partners with Airbus Helicopters

On-demand helicopter booking platform, Voom, will be joining Airbus Helicopters as part of the company's strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters...

15 Feb 2018

Prasa to get a new permanent board 'soon'
Prasa to get a new permanent board 'soon'

A permanent board will soon be installed at the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa), Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga says...

By Khulekani Magubane 14 Feb 2018

European group to bid for Malaysia-Singapore high-speed train
European group to bid for Malaysia-Singapore high-speed train

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A powerful European consortium that includes Alstom and Siemens has partnered with a Malaysian firm to bid for a high-speed train project connecting Malaysia and Singapore...

14 Feb 2018

Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa
Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa

The recruitment processes for several senior employees at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in the Western Cape were "irregular" and in breach of company policy...

By Barbara Maregele 7 Feb 2018

Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds
Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds

Huge quantities of networked sensors have appeared in cities across the world in recent years. These include cameras and sensors that count the number of passers-by, devices to sense air quality, traffic flow detectors, and even beehive monitors...

By Nick Malleson and Alison Heppenstall 5 Feb 2018

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Airbus tests self-flying taxi

Airbus has successfully held the first test flights of the Vahana, an electric, pilotless flying vehicle that it hopes will be able to ferry people around cities...

5 Feb 2018

Open Streets Main Road is back on 25 February
Open Streets Main Road is back on 25 February

After such a successful event in October 2017, another Open Streets Day is planned for Cape Town along Main Road on Sunday, 25 February 2018...

31 Jan 2018

Boda Boda riders launch bike-hailing app
Boda Boda riders launch bike-hailing app

Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya has launched a new app called JuuBike that will connect riders to customers in what the association says will streamline the industry...

24 Jan 2018

Volkswagen SA offers ride-hailing and more with pioneer Kigali plant
Volkswagen SA offers ride-hailing and more with pioneer Kigali plant

Volkswagen SA (VWSA) has launched a subsidiary company in Rwanda to build cars and provide the country with transport services such as car-sharing and Uber-style ride-hailing...

22 Jan 2018

Ride-share fleets to map cities around the world
Ride-share fleets to map cities around the world

Mobileye 8 Connect is an aftermarket collision avoidance system capable of collecting dynamic data to make cities smarter, safer and autonomous ready...

18 Jan 2018

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Daily Mail returns to Virgin Trains after outcry

LONDON, UK: Virgin boss Richard Branson on Monday said he would resume offering the right-wing tabloid the Daily Mail on his trains after a decision not to stock them sparked accusations of censorship last week...

17 Jan 2018

Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport
Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport

Carless commuting is cruising in the fast lane at the Consumer Electronics Show, with companies showing off electric bicycles, scooters, skateboards and more aimed at making the internal combustion engine a thing of the past...

15 Jan 2018

NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters
NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters

Metrorail commuters travelling on the central train line along the Cape Flats will be affected by the closed line until Wednesday, 17 January 2018...

15 Jan 2018

Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us
Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us

Driverless cars - autonomous vehicles - are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it...

By Jim Sallis 12 Jan 2018

Mercedes-Benz Citaro G hybrid buses ready for the road
Mercedes-Benz Citaro G hybrid buses ready for the road

The first new Citaro hybrid buses, which are gradually going into service, will be used to carry passengers on inner-city routes in Stuttgart...

10 Jan 2018

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