Africa’s first high speed training started operating in Johannesburg, South Africa today, just in time for the World Cup. According to Reuters, the new Gautrain is a godsend given the traffic jams that have been notorious in the country as it hosts the 2010 World Cup.
A single way ticket to the airport costs about 100 Rands and as such, many have criticized it for being unaffordable for working class South Africans.
However, the train is likely going to improve the flow of traffic for many World Cup goers. For instance, the train is reported to have ferried its first batch of passengers from Sandton to the international airport in 15 minutes. Usually the same journey takes about 40 – 90 minutes by road depending on traffic.
The train will eventually link up Johannesburg and Soweto to South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.