The City of Cape Town wants to urge commuters from Khayelitsha who are stranded due to cancelled Metrorail trains, to make use of the MyCiTi N2 Express service.
Transport for Cape Town (TCT) was informed that Metrorail had to cancel a number of trains on the central line between Khayelitsha and the Cape Town central business district, due to vandalism. As a result, passengers who usually travel on Metrorail have been either left stranded or have experienced significant delays during the morning peak hours.
TCT wants to urge these passengers to make use of the MyCiTi N2 Express service as it provides a safe, regular and convenient alternative for traveling between the Cape Flats and the Cape Town CBD and beyond:
- 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
- the first bus departs at 05:30 from Kuyasa in Khayelitsha East during weekdays and the last departure from the Civic Centre station in the CBD to Khayelitsha is at 22:30
- a bus departs every 12 minutes from Kuyasa during the morning peak hours (06:30 – 09:10) and every 15 minutes from the Civic Centre station during the afternoon peak hours (16:00 – 18:25) on weekdays
- the first bus departs at 05:30 from the Mitchells Plain East Town Centre and the last departure from the Civic Centre station in the CBD to Mitchells Plain is at 22:30, during weekdays
- as is the case in Khayelitsha, a bus departs every 12 minutes from the Mitchells Plain Town Centre during the morning peak hours (05:30 – 08:20) and every 15 minutes from the Civic Centre station during the afternoon peak hours (15:50 – 18:45) on weekdays
- in Khayelitsha, the N2 Express service commences at Kuyasa with stops along Lindela Road (named Lindela and Dibana); another four stops along Japhta Masemola Raod (named Tutu, D Nyembe, Steve Biko and Charles Mokoena) with the final stop (named Vuyani) along Spine Road
- in Mitchells Plain, the N2 Express service commences at the Town Centre
- free myconnect cards are still available 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
- free myconnect cards are still available in Mitchells Plain at the Golden Arrow Bus Service kiosk in the Town Centre from 08:30 until 16:30
As cash is not accepted on the MyCiTi buses, residents are urged to buy a myconnect card for the uploading of money or mover points which will enable them to use the service. A myconnect card usually costs R35 but, as stated above, residents will be able to collect a free card from MyCiTi kiosks until 31 July 2014.
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).
‘The purpose of this top-up service is to provide residents with a safe and convenient alternative to travel to the Cape Town central business district and beyond. It broadens residents’ choice and is the start of a process of bringing quality public transport to residents who are living on the Cape Flats.
‘We also want to urge residents to please make use of the service while Metrorail is tending to the problems caused by the vandals,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.