Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has has launched a new intercity commuter express train service connecting Pretoria and Johannesburg, its fifth service offering of this kind since 2007.
The Business Express was launched with the objective of relieving peak hour congestion on intercity commuter routes and to offer cash strapped motorists a viable comfortable public transport option in light of rising fuel costs. The 70-minute train ride offers a reliable and cost-effective mode of public transport.
The idea of a luxury commuter train was first conceived in 2007 with the launch of the Soweto Business Express (Naledi – Soweto), later followed by the equally successful Khayelitsha (Khayelitsha – Cape Town), Premium (Cape Town – Strand) and Tshwane (Pretoria – Johannesburg) Business Expresses.
The new 530 seater Business Express will ply its trade in the Pretoria to Johannesburg corridor to complement the already packed Tshwane Business Express and address existing pockets of excess commuter demand in this route.
"The uptake of the service has been phenomenal and beyond our expectations hence the decision to launch the second Business Express on the Pretoria – Johannesburg corridor," says PRASA group CEO Tshepo Lucky Montana.