Bus shelter research in Cradock street

Opinion survey about bus shelters for Go George Bus Service

As part of the GIPTN system, the George Municipality is planning to erect shelters for passengers’ convenience at bus stops on the GO GEORGE routes. These shelters will initially be erected at highly frequented bus stops and will eventually be extended according to available budget.

To ensure that the community’s needs are taken into consideration, the GO GEORGE team will be starting a two-week opinion survey on Thursday 28 May 2015 about the type of shelter that should be erected, and they invite every resident and user of the bus service to have their say.

Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Charles Standers, emphasised the importance of an informed community at a recent information session for ward councillors, ward committee members and community leaders in Pacaltsdorp. “What makes George unique, is the fact that we make time to talk to our communities. It is important to us to know our people’s opinions, to hear what they are saying and to take them through the process step by step.”

Examples of the three types of shelters under consideration are being erected this week for the purpose of the opinion survey at the terminal in Cradock Street. Residents are invited to go and have a look, to touch the material, to test it, and to air their opinion. There will be research assistants at each of these bus stops at various times during the day to explain the options and record residents’ preferences.

People who cannot get to these areas may cut out the questionnaire published in this week’s George Herald and drop the completed form at the GO GEORGE info kiosk in Cradock Street, or scan and email it to info@gogeorge.org.za. Alternatively, they may call the GO GEORGE call centre on 0800 044 044 to go through the questions with an agent and have their choice recorded before 10 June 2015.

The process is entirely anonymous.There is no risk involved for participants in this voluntary opinion poll.

Some of the factors which will be taken in to consideration when deciding on the shelter design are the special categories of needs users(such as wheelchair users, elderly, children, mothers with children, visually impaired),durability and resistance to vandalism, safety of passengers as well as the depth of the sidewalks where the shelters will be positioned.

Contact the GO GEORGE via their call centre (0800 044 044), via email (info@gogeorge.org.za), on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

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