Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Yes. Gautrain again...

Sorry, folks - just couldn't help myself. Trains excite me, and considering this one is from my homeland, I had to add a couple more pics!
The Gautrain runs at 160 Km/h (≈100mph). The first section is open, running between Johannesburg's airport and Sandton, the primary commercial center. Distance between the two is ≈12.3 miles, the ride takes 15 minutes and costs R100,00 or ≈US$12.50 (this is a premium fare for the airport, and includes free parking at the Gautrain stations; commuter fares between non-airport stations average about R18,00 or ≈US$2.25). Frequency is every 12 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes at night. The first day went well, carrying 11,000 passengers and with only minor teething problems. See next post for more pics, video and links.

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