After four years in operation, the City of Cape Town has so far accomplished the aim of improving public transport in and around the city centre/CBD and reaching as far as the Table View area. The MyCiti Bus system that was launched in 2011 provides the city and other areas within Cape Town, a mode of transportation that makes travel easier and cheaper.
Being introduced in phases, the first elements enabled it to meet the public transport requirements of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in that, an events service to the stadium, the Airport and a temporary service to the inner city were offered.
Before the official launch of the MyCiti Bus system, being squeezed into a taxi, paying an arm and a leg for a meter taxi, or fighting through traffic was just an everyday reality. Now those who once had to brave these elements are able to either save on petrol or use their travel time to catch up on some work or gossip.
Whilst it may seem to benefit only a few, the City’s long term plans for its Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system, which focuses on transforming the public transport sector by dramatically improving the customer’s experience and combining aspects of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective transport, looks promising with the fact that two new bus routes will be rolled out in the Southern Suburbs by 2020, which will lower the number of motor vehicles on the road as the majority of the workforce comes from the surrounding Cape Flats, Southern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs areas.
‘With phase 1 of the MyCiTi project reaching completion, it is time to look to the next phase. In June 2014 we adopted a plan mapping out the public transport network that will be required to support a dynamic, sustainable, productive and growing Cape Town. This Integrated Public Transport Network plan for 2032 identifies the need for 10 additional MyCiTi (BRT) trunk routes and one additional commuter rail line’” says Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, City of Cape Town.
Included in the new MyCiTi routes are two trunk routes that make up the Lansdowne/Wetton Road Corridor (the LWC), which are priority in Phase 2 of the MyCiTi project, as these are the trunk routes that will provide residents from Khayelitsha to Philippi, Nyanga to Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain to Hanover Park, Wynberg and Claremont with a direct, efficient and scheduled public transport service. ‘In fact, the proposed LWC trunk routes will connect about 35 suburbs and 1,4 million residents along the way,’ says Councillor Herron.
Herron says that he is convinced that Phase 2 of the MyCiTi project will play a pivotal role in remedying the social and economic consequences of the distorted spatial patterns we have inherited and to create a city of inclusion and integration.