THERE will be fewer minibus taxis on Louis Botha Avenue — one of Joburg’s busiest taxi routes — on completion of Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) infrastructure to link Alexandra, Marlboro and Sandton.This work — phase 1C of the BRT — is expected to be completed in April 2017. It will affect a much bigger group of these stakeholders and is headed for advanced negotiation with the City of Johannesburg’s mayoral committee on Thursday.In terms of operator agreements under the Rea Vaya system, affected taxi and bus operators become shareholders in a company that will own the Rea Vaya buses from year six of the deal.However, competing buses and taxis have to remove their own buses and taxis from the route immediately.Phase 1C, a commuter-dense route that will connect Louis Botha Avenue in the north-east of the city with Alexandra, terminating in the financial hub of Sandton, is the "biggest and most expensive" part of the Rea Vaya project, which provides dedicated lanes for the buses.P...

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