One step to 2010

Many commuters must have welcomed the advent of the Soweto Business Express train, which aims to make travel to and from work a pleasurable experience.

Many commuters must have welcomed the advent of the Soweto Business Express train, which aims to make travel to and from work a pleasurable experience.

The train will travel daily between Soweto and Johannesburg.

Its launch marks a small - but significant - step in the journey to jacking up the public transport networks in the country ahead of the 2010 World Cup. But the type of commuters targeted by South African Rail Commuter Corporation might greet its advent with scepticism, prompted by perennial concerns over lateness, security and integrated transport issues.

As a pilot project, the express train is a useful experiment whose wheels dare not come off and embarrass its principals.

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