Transport for Cape Town will be issuing free myconnect cards to the residents of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha until 31 August 2014.
The City of Cape Town urges residents from the Cape Flats who are stranded or experiencing significant delays due to the cancelled Metrorail trains, to please collect a free myconnect card which will enable them to travel on the MyCiTi N2 Express service as cash is not accepted on the buses.
The first phase of the N2 Express service was launched on 5 July 2014 and provides a safe, regular and convenient alternative for traveling between the Cape Flats and the Cape Town CBD and beyond. The MyCiTi buses that are operating on this route make use of the dedicated BMT (bus, minibus, taxi) lane on the N2 freeway, thereby ensuring that passengers spend less time traveling between their houses and the workplace.
A myconnect card usually costs R35, but over the next five weeks residents can collect their free cards at various outlets on weekdays in:
- Khayelitsha at the Desmond Tutu Hall on the corner of Japhta Masemola and Cekeca Roads; and at the Khayelitsha Multipurpose Centre on the corner of Walter Sisulu and Steve Biko Roads, from 08:30 until 16:30
- Mitchells Plain at the Golden Arrow Bus Service kiosk in the Town Centre from 08:30 until 16:30
Residents will have to pay R30 for the Mover Points which will be pre-loaded on their free myconnect cards and they are requested to please take along their identity documents or birth certificates for children four years and older in order for the cards to be registered in their names (passengers younger than four travel for free on the MyCiTi service).
‘Due to the problems with the Metrorail service, we have decided to extend the deadline of the issuing of free myconnect cards to the residents of the Cape Flats. We are acutely aware of the fact that some of these households have already spent a significant proportion of their income on Metrorail tickets and therefore do not have extra resources to buy a myconnect card to travel on the N2 Express service. We believe these free cards will go a long way towards giving more residents access to the MyCiTi service,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.