Gautrain (BOC)

South Africa
In 2006, the province of Gauteng decided to build a railroad system, the Gautrain. The ambitious goal was to be able to travel from one city to the other in 40 minutes, and between the Johannesburg business district and the international airport in only 15 minutes.

RATP Dev was chosen to set up, operate, and maintain this cutting-edge rail system. It does so through the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), a subsidiary in which it holds a 51% stake under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The PPP has since fulfilled its objectives, and a multimodal system has been put in place.

Key figures

new lines, 10 new stations, 160 km/h max speed, 13,000 parking lots

A 77-km North-South rail network with 10 stations, connecting Hatfield in the suburbs of Pretoria to Johannesburg, in 40 minutes at a top speed of 160 km/hr, with a connection that provides shuttle service to the area's international airport in less than 15 minutes.

A bus network supplements the railway system by ensuring passenger distribution within a radius of 10 km around the stations. Car parks were built close to the stations to prompt people to use the transit system.

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