The much debated anti-discrimination ordinance passed by Roeland Park this summer isn’t scheduled to take effect until Jan. 1, but the city is working on preparations to implement it. Those discussions are taking place against a backdrop of a petition initiative to call for a city-wide vote on the repeal of the ordinance.Earlier this week, the city council, meeting as a committee, agreed to move forward to the final approval stage requests for applications for the three jobs needed to handle a potential claim under the ordinance: mediation services, a hearing officer and an investigator.The ordinance requires mediation as a first step in any discrimination claim that is filed in Roeland Park. If mediation fails, then the claim will be investigated and potentially presented to a hearing officer for resolution. Each of the three services will be contracted out on a per hour basis and the city would pay only for actual work on a case.The issue of the city’s financial liability arising from a discrimination case did generate considerable discussion among the council, though. In the ordinance, the cost of mediation services is to be split between the parties. If mediation fails, triggering an investigation and a hearing, the hearing officer can assign costs.However, the possibility that a hearing might not be recommended after an investigation, led to discussion about the costs of the investigator accruing to the city. Several council members said it was not the intent to have the city incur any costs under the ordinance. An amendment to the ordinance could close that gap in payment coverage.A question about how the ordinance might affect senior discounts was dispatched with quickly when the city attorney said the new law does not address age, so it would have no effect.
Email LinkedIn In both studies, Meredith Chivers (Psychology) showed that only heterosexual women who were exclusively attracted to men showed similar genital responses to both female and male sexual stimuli. Heterosexual women who also report some attraction to women, however, showed a different pattern of response; their genital responses were greater to female stimuli, similar to other sexually-diverse women.“Both exclusively and predominantly androphilic women (women attracted to men) showed sexual response patterns that differed from their self-reported sexual attractions. Sexually-diverse women showed genital and self-reported arousal responses that were more similar to their self-reported sexual attractions,” says Dr. Chivers. “As a whole, this research illustrates the complex relationship between sexual identity, sexual attraction, sexual arousal and genital responses to sexual stimuli.”Recently, research has misinterpreted this current study to suggest that heterosexuality doesn’t exist in women because heterosexual women show sexual responses to female stimuli. Read the story here.The current study highlights how this interpretation is incorrect; women’s sexual identity, attractions and patterns of sexual response are not interchangeable, such that a woman’s sexual desires and attractions cannot be deduced from her sexual response patterns.“Instead, this research provides a window of opportunity to understand how women’s sexual response relates to her experience of sexual attraction and desire, addressing gaps in contemporary models of sexual response,” says Dr. Chivers.Based on the findings that self-identified heterosexual women respond to both female and male sexual stimuli, researchers could next explore how exposure to mainstream sexual media, in which women are routinely objectified, and where sexual interactions between two women are becoming commonplace, affects patterns of sexual response.The results of the research were published in PLOS ONE. New research from of the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory at Queen’s University shows that heterosexual women have more diverse patterns of sexual response than previously reported.Research on women’s sexual orientation and patterns of sexual response has previously focused on women’s genital and subjective sexual arousal relative to their sexual identity, as heterosexual, bisexual or lesbian. Among women, however, there is significant diversity among women in their sexual attractions to other women and men, regardless of sexual identity. For example, a substantial minority of heterosexual women (20 per cent in some studies) also report some attraction to women.In the first study, women watched short videos, and in the second study, women listened to stories about interacting sexually with a woman or a man. Genital response was measured with a vaginal photoplethysmograph (a clear acrylic device that illuminates the capillary bed of the vaginal wall) and participants also self-reported their sexual arousal. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share
Firestone Industrial Products, LLC (Firestone) has named Craig Schneider as president, Firestone Industrial Products. Schneider succeeds Scott Damon, who recently was named president, commercial group, U.S. and Canada for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Craig brings a strong background in sales, marketing and general management to Firestone Industrial Products at a time when the business is well-positioned for growth,” said Bill Thompson, chief operating officer, Bridgestone Americas. “His leadership, business acumen and extensive experience will allow Firestone to build upon the strong platform Scott and his team have established.”As president, Schneider will oversee all aspects of the Firestone Industrial Products business, including management of the more than 1,500 employees around the world who have helped position the company as a leader in manufacturing and marketing products for technologically advanced air suspensions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and with a European office and technical center in the Netherlands; two North American plants; manufacturing facilities in Brazil, Poland, India and Costa Rica; and an assembly facility in China, Firestone Industrial Products has the global footprint to supply customers in the industrial, heavy-duty and light-duty markets. Schneider joins Bridgestone after more than 13 years in leadership roles with Shell Oil Co., including international assignments. He most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of retail sales, lubricants. Prior to that role, Schneider served as vice president and general manager retail of fuels marketing. He also previously served as vice president and general manager of lubes marketing and group manager, business-to-consumer key accounts, among other roles. Prior to joining Shell Oil Co., Schneider spent several years as a consultant with CapGemini and EY. AdvertisementSchneider earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master in Business Administration from Rice University.
AUBURN — With spring practice complete, the Auburn coaching staff feels as though the team met its objectives to improve execution, increase physicality and build trust between players and coaches over the last six weeks.“Big-picture that we set at (the beginning of) spring,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, “I really think we accomplished that with our attitude, our effort, our body language and just the standard, getting the standard all the same.”Other than the first practice back from spring break there were no days Malzahn and his staff said they were disappointed with effort.Still, there is a lot of room for improvement, on offense and defense.“I’m really pretty pleased with where we are at this point,” defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. “We still have a long ways to go, but as far as the attitude and the buy-in and the guys working extremely hard, we’ve got a good core of guys working extremely hard. … “I feel like we’ve made some strides from an effort and finishing standpoint, but I think we’ve practiced the right way, and I think that’s a huge part of it. We’ve had very physical practices. And I think our players have learned to practice the right way.” Muschamp identified 16 players – eight D-linemen, four linebackers and four defensive backs – who separated themselves from the pack heading into the offseason and hopes there will be a few more by the fall when the incoming freshmen join the fray. Offensively, the Tigers closed spring on a good note with Jeremy Johnson being named the starter after he led four scoring drive on A-Day. With the starting five on the offensive line more or less set and D’haquille Williams as the clear top receiver, with Ricardo Louis and Marcus Davis likely starters as well, the only true unknown for the Auburn offense is who will end up winning the running back competition, which is expected to last into the season. “ Really our whole group as a whole, thought we had a good spring, thought it was a very positive, thought we got out of it what we needed,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “Think we’re on the right track but we’re a long, long way to go because you look at it losing eight guys that were starters, we got a lot of talent but there’s just not a lot of experience.“Until we get in that Georgia Dome the first game we’re not going to really know how some guys are going to respond.”
Shawn Theodore/SHOWTIME(NEW YORK) — Ahead of the season three finale of The Chi, Miriam A. Hyman is sharing what she hopes fans will leave with after they watch the final episode.“I really hope fans will be extremely satisfied, completely satiated with just everything that we’re giving them,” Hyman, who plays Dre, tells ABC Audio. “And I also hope that it becomes very clear in terms of who I am within their family.” Even though Hyman just joined the series this season as the new wife of Nina, the actress and artist has already established herself as an integral character on the show. “I mean, I would hope that by the first episode, it’s pretty doggone clear [who I am],” she says of her character’s addition.Still, Hyman notes that like in previous seasons of the The Chi “a lot of questions will probably be answered,” but many will not.“We want to leave room for those questions that aren’t answered, so hopefully [in] season four we’ll be able to answer some more of those questions,” she explains. “But yeah, I think that the fans and supporters will be very, very pleased.”While Hyman wants fans to be entertained by the unpredictable drama of the season, she also wants them to feel represented.“And I think it just raises more awareness in terms of the climate that we’re in right now,” she says. “And so I just think these stories are just extremely important and really necessary.”The season three finale of The Chi, also starring Jacob Latimore and Birgundi Baker, airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.By Candice WilliamsCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Ryan Connolly has rejoined Galway United for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign after spending a season with Shamrock Rovers.The midfield playmaker spent three seasons on Corribside, where he played a key role for the club, making 96 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the process.The Mayo man was voted on the First Division Team of the Year in his first season at Eamonn Deacy Park, he was also voted Galway United Player of the Year in 2014 when the Tribesmen won promotion to the Premier Division and he captained the club in 2016.Connolly made 31 appearances for the Hoops last season, scoring one goal against Bluebell United in the FAI Cup.United boss Shane Keegan moved quickly to secure the services of the cultured midfielder, who he believes played his best football in the maroon of Galway United.“It’s a real coup to get Ryan,” Keegan explained to www.galwayunitedfc.ie.“It’s certainly one that is going to catch the eye because of the quality that he gives us.“The biggest compliment I can pay Ryan is how highly our players spoke about him last season. At times, they would point to the qualities Ryan has and that it might’ve been something that we were missing.“I’ve had very productive discussions with him and I hope he can get the most out of Galway United and that we can get the most out of him. He could be outstanding for us next season.“It’s a huge statement to get Ryan signed, there is no doubt that he could’ve remained in the Premier Division and while he did enjoy his time at Shamrock Rovers, I think he missed being back West and he enjoyed playing his football in Galway.”Connolly maintained close contact with members of United’s squad last season and he’s pleased to be returning to Eamonn Deacy Park.“I’ve been speaking to the lads throughout the season about Shane and they said he is brilliant in all aspects of the game and I’m really looking forward to working with him next season. I thought he was very good in the discussions I had with him.“My best years have been with Galway United. It’s where I’ve felt happiest playing football. I had offers from other clubs, but the main thing was coming back to where I felt happiest. I want to go back to enjoying my football. I felt Galway United was the best option for me.“Our aim and mindset will be to win the league. It’s going to be a competitive First Division. Our manager, players and coaching staff have to be geared towards winning the division and nothing less.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Andrew Slattery closes in on Champion Apprentice Jockey Title Mrs John Magnier holds a narrow advantage in the Champion Owner Title raceAidan O’Brien to retain Champion Trainer TitleThe conclusion of the 2019 Flat season at Naas Racecourse onSunday, November 3 is fast approaching and the day will be marked bypresentations to the champion owner, trainer, jockey and apprentice.The race for the apprentice championship is still up forgrabs but County Tipperary’s Andrew Slattery is certainly in pole position with42 winners. He leads the 2017 champion Oisin Orr by two, the pair clear in thetable from last season’s champion Shane Crosse on 28 winners. Ben Coen, acousin of Slattery’s and joint-second in the championship last year, is next onthe list with 27 winners. County Tipperary’s Andrew Slattery is in pole position for the Champion Apprentice Jockey Title with 42 winners Champion ApprenticeJockey Title RaceAndrew Slattery 42Oisin Orr 40Shane Crosse 28Ben Coen 27 Oisin Orr, just two winners behind Andrew Slattery in the race for Champion Apprentice Jockey Title Donnacha O’Brien is on target to be crowned Champion Jockeyfor the second successive year after another incredible season that saw him addto his Classic haul in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas on the Aidan O’Brien-trainedMagna Grecia. At home, Donnacha won the Group 2 Beresford Stakes on hisfather’s Innisfree and the Group 2 Kilboy Estates Stakes on Red Tea, trained byhis brother, Joseph.Broome, Mohawk, Latrobe, Buckhurst, Waitingfortheday andBlenheim Palace were domestic Group 3 winners for Donnacha who has amassed 104winners in Ireland this season and enjoys a five-winner lead over Colin Keane,the 2017 champion, whose season’s highlight was the Group 1 success of the GerLyons-trained Siskin in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August.If Keane can reach the 100-winner mark, it will be the first time that two Flatjockeys have reached a century of winners in the same season.Mrs John Magnier, seeking to become champion owner for the18th time since 2000, holds a slender advantage over fellow Coolmore partnersMichael Tabor and Derrick Smith.Aidan O’Brien is set to be the champion trainer once again,an award he wins for the 22nd time. The Ballydoyle maestro, who turned 50 thismonth, won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Hermosa and the Dubai DutyFree Irish Derby with Sovereign and enjoyed further Group 1 success withMagical which won the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakesand Fairyland and Love, winners of the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes andthe Moyglare Stud Stakes respectively. Donnacha O’Brien is the clear favourite to retain Champion Jockey Title; Aidan O’Brien to retain Champion Trainer Title All racehorse owners that have had runners on the Flat thisseason will be entitled to complimentary admission to Naas on Sunday. To availof these free tickets, RSVP to [email protected] with owner name, address andthe number of tickets required.There are sixmeetings remaining in the 2019 Irish Flat season:• Dundalkon Friday October 25• Leopardstown on Saturday October 26• Galwayon Monday October 28 • Dundalk onWednesday October 30• Dundalkon Friday November 1• Naas onSunday November 3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Donnacha O’Brien is the clear favourite to retain Champion Jockey Title
The news wasn’t good. A few days before this he was standing in the fire station in the control room beside the printer where our calls came into from central control, now he was in the hospital.We thought it would be better to give his family space over Christmas, but it wasn’t long before all his crew members were up at his bedside.I don’t like hospitals, but I headed up to his ward. Meeting me he extended his hand from his hospital bed to welcome me, then looked away at the television on the wall in front of him and me looking out the window up the fields towards Windyhall, both of us crying but trying to hide it from each other. Advertisement “Right,” he said. “Brian, what happened to the Snorkel?”‘The Snorkel’ I wondered.“She’s off the road.”“Is she!” I replied, suggesting I knew nothing about what he was talking about. Advertisement “Don’t be giving me that old tale now sir.”‘The Snorkel’ was our flagship fire engine at the Donegal Fire Service. It was a Dennis Fire Engine with a hoist or platform. Purchased new in 1982 to service any part of Donegal that needed it, but was mainly purchased to reach the top of the new Hospital in Letterkenny in the event of a fire.When the new Fire Engine first arrived into Letterkenny Fire Station, even the floor in the old station had to be lowered by two feet to get the engine to fit in, the wing mirrors also had to be folded in the clearance was so tight in the bay.On the road, the Snorkel had a beautiful stance, Its V8 diesel Perkins engine had a glorious sound to it and with the blue lights flashing and two tones blowing as it made its way to a fire call and then set up in position on its four jacks with the boom extended and a powerful jet of water hitting a fire from a height. It was a sight to behold.“You know, Brian,” Eamon said, trying to move things along. “The last time the Snorkel was on a rope, was when we pulled it across the railway road to raise money for RTE’s People in Need. Do you remember that?!”The Famous Snorkel pulled for RTE’S People in Need.Letterkenny Fire Brigade’s included from left is Firefighter Driver Benny Daly RIP , Driver/firefighter Eddie Curran, RIP Driver/ Firefighter Eamonn Harvey,RIP Station officer Danny Greive Fire Fighter Eamonn “sam ” O Donnell RIP .Sub Station Officer Brian McDaid Firefighter Tony Coyle and Driver /Firefighter Michael Herrity also pictured a young Tommy Noonan before he joined the service on the right. Photo By Paddy Gallagher.What my fellow fireman and driver was questioning me about from his hospital bed was a call that we had responded to since he went into the hospital.It seems the story, in many different versions, had made it to his bedside before me.A New Year’s Eve call to a fire where water supply wasn’t good. A crew fighting the blaze called for more water so the two men left in the station decided to respond in the Snorkel. “China” got the front door opened as I got the big V8 fired up. First gear in this yoke was dog-leg back to the left and when I went to select it the big heavy gear stick bounced out of my hand. Members of the Letterkenny Fire Brigade who were thanked in a live Video Link up in New York by the Squad 41 firestation for the fundraising.The more this Fire engine was beautiful and sounded lovely when heading to a call. It was very hard to drive and its gearbox was particularly temperamental especially when the gearbox oil was cold.Sitting with the blue lights flashing in the bay of the station, the Snorkel, much as I tried, wouldn’t go into gear. It was as if it knew its normal driver wasn’t there.As a last resort, I turned the engine off and put the gearbox into second gear and fired up the engine again then all of a sudden we were moving out the station door and on the way to the call down the de Valera Road.We were up into third as we went into the Oatfield roundabout, I went to change down into 2nd, but ended up in neutral then I just managed to select third again.I thought we had enough momentum to take us through the roundabout but we were quickly losing speed. Riding the clutch out of the roundabout and still in third gear, the seventeen and a half tonne fire engine very slowly started to gather speed again helped on by me and ‘China’ rocking forward on our seats.When we got as far as the station roundabout China roared: “keep her lit.”We were now safely through that roundabout and with the Port Bridge roundabout ahead, we just stayed in third gear and made it safely around and we were soon at the fire.When we arrived the crew fighting the fire had it well under control and our water supply wasn’t needed.By now the Snorkel and its clutch were getting worse and as we headed for home nursing a burning clutch. She finally gave up on the way back up the De Valera Road – just 20-yards from the fire station door.We had to wait for the returning crew to come along and pull our stranded fire engine back to base.For a man who was so weak, I didn’t notice how much he had perked up at my expense as Eamon started explained to me what I might have burnt out.Carrie his wife said to me in the hallway after: “I don’t care what you burnt out on the Snorkel, the clutch, the gearbox or whatever it was going to a call.“But your driving was music to Eamon ’s ears and it took his mind off other things.”The Late Eamon Harvey at the wheel of the Snorkel, that I managed to burn the clutch out of. Also pictured council truck and a rally car and relaxing at home.The second visit to the hospital went a bit different. I washed out a fancy olive oil bottle which we had at the house and scraped the stickers off it.I lifted water from a well on a cold winters evening and headed into the hospital to visit Eamon. I was going to just leave the water at the nurse’s station in the ward but, the duty nurse said there was no one in with him and if I didn’t stay to long I could go down to see him.He was now in the old original part of Letterkenny General Hospital. Eamon was in bed watching the rugby, he looked at me, “What’s that you have with you?”“Poteen,” I replied.Eamon, who was a none smoker and teetotaller, just smiled at me and said nothing.“Nah, it’s just some water from a well.”I poured out a glass for him, he tasted it and liked it, then just with that Eamon’s brother arrived.“Taste that sir,” Eamon said to his brother Pat.“Where did you get that? Not in here anyway,” Eamon joked.It might as well have been Poteen the way Eamon protected the bottle of water from the well from his brother who wanted more.I went to get up to let his brother sit down and Pat told me to sit where I was. “I’ll be back in a while,” he said.The rugby was on the telly, it was a big match so we just sat and watched it. The thought crossed my mind that evening that I was here before.This was the same ward that my mother was in when she came back from St. Vincent’s in Dublin. I was too young to visit her when she was a patient in here but, once we were brought down as children to play in the snow outside her window so she could see us but she didn’t want us to see her.That was just after Christmas in 1969 and days after that she passed away on the 2nd of January 1970.“Brian. Brian. Brian. Wake up, quick!”Suddenly Eamon was calling to me, here was me that was supposed to be in visiting and I had fallen asleep on the chair at the side of his bed in the heat on that winters evening.Clambering to my feet, thinking he wanted the nurse or something, and trying to remain calm I asked“What’s wrong Eamon?”“Look out the window,” he whispered.“Quick, look out the window,” he urged.“What am I looking for, Eamon?”“Listen,” he said, as he pointed with his finger. “Is that my lorry on the way up past?”At first, I could see nothing and then out of the hospital roundabout appeared his council lorry. A yellow Hino laden down with salt and grit.“Aye, you’re spot on sir, that’s her,” I replied, opening the window to let the rattle of Eamon’s lorry fill the hospital ward.“How did you know that,” I asked.Eamon stretched back on the bed and placed his hand behind his head and smiled. “Sure didn’t I drive her since she was brand new.” Then there was a long silence as I closed the ward window. It was hard to know what to say next.Then Eamon quipped: “There’s nothing wrong with the clutch on that one is there sir?!” We both laughed, which hid what we were really thinking.Eamon Harvey worked as a driver with the Donegal County Council, he was also one of the driver/firefighters with the Letterkenny Fire Service and drove ‘the Snorkel’ for over twenty years to many a big fire call. The same fire engine that I managed to burn the clutch out of on my first call out.Back then this was this time of year and Eamon was to pass away a few weeks later that year on the 23rd of January 2004.The late Eamon Harvey on the right a year before he passed away with firemen including Micky Molloy, Ronnie White, Paddy McNamee Willie Peoples RIP, Norman Spratt, Jommy Noonan, Louis Bradley, and Michael Herrity pictured with James Mc Connellogue at the senior citizen party, which the fireman organised. Photo Brian Mc DaidThey say if you remember the people in your life you will keep their memory with you. May he rest in peace.And finally… keeping an eye out for the first of the new 2019 registrations, I was drawn to this chance photograph in Letterkenny on the second day of the new year.It wasn’t the first 2019 numbers of the new year, it was two Donegal numbers from 2018181 DL 264 and 264 DL 18 Keeping an eye out for the first of the new 2019 registration, I was drawn to this chance photograph in Letterkenny on the second day of the new year. It wasn’t the first 2019 numbers of the new year, It was two Donegal number from 2018. 181 DL 264 and 264 DL 18 on two different car, but the same number only one was back-to front and the other was our normal. The chances of the same number parked together was an odd one the number in reverse was more than likely and garage plate. Photo Brian McDaid.These were on two different cars, but the same number only one was back-to-front and the other was our normal.The chances of the same number parked together was an odd one. The number in reverse was more than likely a garage or trade plate.Happy Motoring Folks. DD Motoring: Clutching at memories was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaidLetterkenny Fire Servicemotoring
The new bus rapid transport station at Joubert Park signals the start of a revolutionised public transport system forlong-suffering Johannesburg residents. (Image: Rea Vaya)Janine ErasmusExecutive Mayor of Johannesburg Amos Masondo and Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe revealed the prototype station of the city’s much-anticipated bus rapid transport (BRT) system at a ceremony in November 2008. The station is located in Joubert Park, close to Johannesburg’s present train station.While the Joubert Park station was built on-site from scratch, subsequent stations will be constructed in a modular fashion at a central point and assembled on-site. The modular design was created with the input of many different interest groups and is considered a cost-effective and streamlined approach to station construction.Meanwhile, the prototype station will undergo extensive testing by representatives from both the city and the public, including the disabled, and any necessary refinements to the design will be made as they are needed.“The BRT system is crucial to the success of South Africa’s transport system,” said Radebe. “Without a good bus service that is accessible, affordable and attractive to a broad range of people across society, local transport simply cannot work.”Gathering speedThe R2-billion ($206 000) Rea Vaya (Sotho, “we are moving”) project is gathering speed. City authorities have also just signed a memorandum of agreement with bus and taxi operators, who currently make up the bulk of public transport options. Their co-operation is vital to the timeous and successful implementation of the BRT system, said Masondo. Rea Vaya will also interface with the Metrorail system of trains.The innovative BRT system aims to reduce traffic congestion, a major bugbear of Johannesburg drivers, by achieving a 70:30 ratio of public transport versus private transport before 2010.The first phase will see a host of articulated buses traversing dedicated bus lanes in the centre of roads around town. With 150 stations, eight terminals and six depots on the cards and a total distance of 122km covered, Johannesburg residents can look forward to the start of substantially reduced journey times and stress-free commuting within six months. Phase 1 is expected to be fully complete by 2013.The entire Rea Vaya system will cover some 330km of Johannesburg roads and will not only contribute to a more satisfactory commuting experience for the city’s residents but will also have been responsible for the creation of numerous jobs. City authorities expect 29 000 new jobs to be created in the first phase alone.The system is also the single largest green project ever undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. It is estimated that if just 15% of regular car users who live in the vicinity of Rea Vaya switch to the BRT, the city will achieve a saving of 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and 1.6-million tons by 2020.Phasing it inThe first phase of Rea Vaya features two sub-phases, 1A and 1B. Phase 1A, comprising 48 stations along 40km, will come into operation just ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009. Phase 1B with a further 102 stations along 86km, will complete the first stage in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.Operating on the same principles as the Cape Town system, which is also in its first phase of development, Johannesburg’s BRT system will feature a network of trunk, feeder and complementary routes serviced by a fleet of 427 22m-long trunk buses, 413 feeder buses and 350 complementary buses.Stations are planned at regular intervals so that passengers won’t have to walk more than a few hundred metres along the route to reach any point of embarkation. The stations will incorporate smart card technology to collect fares before boarding, thus eliminating the possibility of delays as well as the need to carry cash. They will also be closely monitored with closed-circuit television, amongst other security measures.During the operating hours of 5am and midnight buses will arrive at intervals of not more than three minutes in peak time, and at 10-minute intervals during quieter times. The system is expected to carry over 400 000 passengers daily, alleviating the congestion and accompanying stress experienced every day on the city’s busy roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Johannesburg residents.All major locations in the city will be serviced and residents even in outlying residential areas such as Randburg, Dobsonville, Alexandra and Lenasia will be pleased to know that they have not been neglected. An inner-city circular route is also on the itinerary. The BRT network will connect with the Gautrain at Park Station.The north to south Rea Vaya route, currently in the design phase, runs from Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to the business suburb of Parktown. Another north to south route connects Parktown with Sunninghill north of Johannesburg.Public participationThe look and feel of buses will be decided on only after an extensive public participation process, currently underway.Trunk buses will be able to accommodate up to 112 passengers and will travel exclusively along the dedicated bus lanes, stopping only at Rea Vaya stations. Complimentary buses will have a capacity of 75 passengers and will operate along the bus lanes but will also be able to stop beside the pavement. Feeder buses, on the other hand, will carry 32 passengers and will not drive on the bus lanes at all but will use regular roads.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]frica.com.Related articlesSouth Africa’s infrastructure Cape Town’s new bus systemUseful linksRea VayaCity of JohannesburgRidesmart