Rea Vaya’s Phase 1A started running in 2009, with a trunk route operating between Ellis Park in Doornfontein and Thokoza Park in Soweto, linking with several feeder routes in Soweto.

Feeder buses run from :

Protea Glen to Thokoza Park and from Eldorado Park to Lakeview.

The route covers 325 kilometres of special lanes and intersections whilst feeder and complementary buses carry passengers to the trunk route stations.

The inner city circular route travels around the CBD, from Hillbrow and Braamfontein, to Ellis Park in the east and Chancellor House on the western edge of the city.

During the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament, some 307 000 passengers travelled along the Phase 1A routes.