Innovations at the Gautrain
When the Gautrain was launched in 2012 it was tipped to be a rapid way to travel between Johannesburg, the OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria. It was also aimed at reducing traffic on major routes in Gauteng.
Passengers could park their cars at the train station, board a train and if necessary catch a Gautrain bus to connect with their destination.
Now four years later it has become such an integral part of transport in Gauteng that some people cannot remember what life before the Gautrain was like?
Of course with more and more people commuting via the Gautrain now, keeping the passengers happy and making the ride more fulfilling becomes important.
Gautrain has since yesterday introduced a partnership with Bookboon to make professional and business e-books available to Gautrain passengers in what they call “Bridging the Gap”.
Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi says “for the next 12 months, passengers will be able to download free online books from the Bookboon website in the field of engineering, IT, marketing, finance and entrepreneurship”.
Bookboon is a free e-book service that was launched in London a few years ago. It has now established a footprint in Africa with over five million free e-books distributed in South Africa and over 15 million across the African continent in 2015.
To enhance the train ride even more, Vodacom customers will be able to surf the Internet and make calls while travelling on the Gautrain.
This is due to the 4G and 4G+ coverage that will be available because of the unique nature of the Gautrain tunnel system which has allowed it to launch the technology on a limited scale in Gauteng.
This will be immediately available en route to Gautrain’s Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro and Midrand stations with speeds of in excess of 100Mbit/s achieved in deep underground environments.