I was very excited to try out the Gautrain while in Jozi. I had watched this documentary on the Discovery channel about how it was made and I was totally blown away by the challenges they overcame and the technicalities involved. I felt very proud indeed because South Africa had built something really amazing and was finally getting there with regards to public transport.
Anybody’s who’s travelled a bit will tell you that our public transport has always been pretty sad compared to what you see overseas. Some kind of underground transport was well overdue. I’ve used both the subway in NY and the Paris underground and loved the convenience of it and also how very cheap it was (even when converted into our sad little Rands 😉 ).
So yeah, back in Jozi, I had heard those stories about people being fined for chewing gum on the Gautrain, but never paid too much attention to it. …
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