Using Joburg public transport during lockdown

06 May 2020
As more South Africans are allowed to return to the office under Level 4 lockdown restrictions, Joburg's public transport system is also increasing its capacity and running at more regular intervals. If you need to use public transport in Joburg during the Coronavirus lockdown here's what you need to know.

Face masks and curfews

It is now compulsory to wear a face masks when in public. Take note that if you are not wearing a face mask, you will be denied access to any form of public transport. A curfew is now in force in South Africa. Unless you are an essential worker you are not allowed to be outside of your home between the hours of 20:00 and 05:00. Those found to be outside their residence during these hours without the relevant permits will be fined R1,000. Repeat offenders will be summoned for court proceedings. No public transportation will be running during curfew hours.

Using Uber and other e-hailing services

The Uber app will only be available from 05:00-19:00. A limitation on passengers also applies - a maximum of two passengers if using UberX and UberBlack, three passengers on UberXL and four passengers in UberVan. 

Using the Gautrain

The Gautrain is now operating commuter trains between 05:30-09:30 and 15:00-19:00. On weekdays trains will arrive every 20 minutes and on weekends every 30 minutes. No trains will be going to OR Tambo International Airport until further notice.

Social distancing applies on trains and Gautrain buses with every second seat marked as being unavailable for passengers. Passengers must remain seated throughout their journey. 

At the entrance and exit to the stations passengers are requested to make use of the hand sanitisers made available. Some stations are also installing disinfecting spray booths which you will need to pass through before you enter. In line with the national Department of Health's screening programme random screening of passengers will be taking place at Gautrain stations.

A limited Gautrain bus service is operating on weekdays only, with routes that pass near to hospitals and clinics now making stops directly at these facilities. Routes that are now running: H3 – Arcadia | P3 – Pretoria CBD | M3 – Sunninghill
S3 – Rivonia | S4 – Randburg | S5 – Fourways | J1 – Parktown | J2 – Johannesburg CBD | RF1 – Kempton Park CBD | 
H1 Highveld - Centurion Station | QHS1 Hatfield Station - Queenswood | GMS1 Marlboro Station - Greenstone | MBS1 Marlboro Station - Buccleuch.

Using Rea Vaya

All Rea Vaya buses are now running as normal with social distancing implemented on buses and at stations. Note buses are only allowed to fill up to 70% capacity. The service is operating between the hours of 05:00 and 19:00 with a one-hour grace period to allow for the pick-up and drop off of passengers.

Using Mini-bus taxis

Mini-bus taxis are now operating but only at a 70% loading capacity. Again as with all transport you must be wearing a face mask if you are using a mini-bus taxi or you will be refused entrance. This includes entrance to taxis and taxi ranks. It is advisable that if you are not already travelling with your own hand sanitiser that you do so to protect yourself and your fellow passengers.

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