South African public transportation service, Rea Vaya, has announced extended operating hours this week, at 30-minute intervals between 09:00 and 16:00, to accommodate social grant beneficiaries.
In an announcement on Monday, 30 March 2020, the public transport service stated, “Rea Vaya will operate a 30-minute frequency service during off peak periods (09:00 to 16:00) to transport social grant beneficiaries.” The buses will run between 05:00 and 20:00from Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April 2020, in an effort to accommodate social grant recipients.
The operating times will allow social grant beneficiaries to be provided with transportation to purchase essential goods from grocery stores and pharmacies. On Friday, 27 March 2020, Rea Vaya announced that it has added 25 buses to its fleet, to avoid overloading and to comply with the national lockdown guidelines. The buses are required to transport less than 50 percent of its capacity, and should allow for social distancing between passengers.
The bus service has also stipulated the regulations that have been put in place to ensure all buses are operating at an optimum hygiene level. In a post on Thursday, 19 March 2020, the company stated that all buses will be sanitized once a day and washed twice a day, and commuters are advised to maintain personal hygiene and allow for the elderly to have their personal space.
See the posts below.
⚠️NOTICE : Rea Vaya will operate from 05h00 to 20h00 with a frequency of 30 minutes between 09h00 and 16h00 (Off Peak).
— Rea Vaya Bus Transit (@ReaVayaBus) March 30, 2020
⚠️NOTICE : Rea Vaya has added 25 buses to avoid over loading and to meet the required compliance of the #21daysLockdownSA.
Bus schedule has charged, T1 & T3 buses will travel from 15 minutes ferquency to 5 minutes. Only seated passengers with permits will be allowed. ^TM pic.twitter.com/luuj61VpPy
— Rea Vaya Bus Transit (@ReaVayaBus) March 27, 2020
— Rea Vaya Bus Transit (@ReaVayaBus) March 19, 2020