Rea Vaya

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Rea Vaya
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Rea Vaya bus stop in Johannesburg CBD in Commissioner Street at Ntemi Piliso Street
Type Bus rapid transit
Locale Johannesburg, South Africa
Stations 58[1]
Services 21 routes
Opened 30 August 2009 (30 August 2009)
Owner City of Johannesburg
Line length 59 km (37 mi)[1]

Rea Vaya (which means "we are going" in Scamto) is a bus rapid transit system operating in Johannesburg, South Africa. It opened in phases starting on 30 August 2009. Rea Vaya links the Johannesburg CBD and Braamfontein with Soweto. It is currently expanding towards Sandton, Rosebank and Midrand as well.It is one of the first bus rapid transit systems in Africa.[2]


Rea Vaya routes are divided into three classifications: trunk routes on the main highways and between major destinations; complementary routes running on circular routes that connect to trunks; and feeder routes that radiate out from trunk routes to outlying suburbs.[3]

As of 2015 the following routes are in operation:[1][4]

Trunk routes:

  • T1: Thokoza Park (Soweto) to Johannesburg CBD and Ellis Park East (Doornfontein)
  • T2: Thokoza Park to Ellis Park East via Civic Centre (Braamfontein)
  • T3: Thokoza Park to Parktown and Library Gardens East

Complementary routes:

Feeder routes in Soweto and adjacent areas:

  • F1: Naledi to Thokoza Park to CBD
  • F2: Protea Glen to Thokoza Park to CBD
  • F3: Jabavu to Lake View to CBD
  • F4: Mofolo to Boomtown to CBD
  • F5: Eldorado Park to Lake View to CBD
  • F6: Lea Glen to Bosmont
  • F7: Amalgam to Bosmont Station
  • F8: Westbury Station to Greymont
  • F9: Mapetla to Thokoza Park
  • F10: Pimville to Lakeview
  • F11: Bellevue/Yeoville to City
  • F12: Parktown distribution route

Strike action[edit]

As of February 2014, there have been three strikes which have disrupted service.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". Rea Vaya. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Kuo, Lily; Tshabalala, Sibusiso (9 September 2015). "How a Public Bus System in Johannesburg Saved South Africa $890 Million". CityLab. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "The routes". Rea Vaya. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Rea Vaya Route Map (PDF) (Map). Rea Vaya. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "End BRT strike". The Citizen. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Call to end bus operators' strike". The Citizen. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rea Vaya bus drivers begin strike". IOL News. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rea Vaya drivers join bus strike". SABC. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bus strikes". Sowetan LIVE. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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