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Last ‘Free Friday’ for MyCiti inner city loop…for a while

After running a successful service for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the City of Cape Town will end the MyCiTi inner city loop service this weekend, and re-launch an improved inner city public transport route later this year.

All Capetonians are invited to use the inner city service free of charge today, 16 July 2010, until 24:00. The fare will R8 tomorrow and the next day.

The inner city loop service, which operates in the city bowl, was a key element of the mother city's FIFA Host City obligations. It was designed to complement existing inner city public transport services in support of the World Cup and was used by thousands of people to get to the fan park, fan walk and tourist destinations. The fare was set at R8 to avoid competition or conflict with existing public transport services, which charge lower fares (R5). It was not designed for and does not adequately meet normal (post-World Cup period) commuter or other trip purposes.
While today marks the last time that the service will operate for a while, the airport link is unaffected and will continue to operate. From Saturday 17 July the airport service will operate from 04:20 to 22:00 each day at 20 minute intervals. Special shuttle services between the city centre and the stadium will continue for large events at the stadium.

"Operating an event-based bus service has been a good learning experience for the City,” says Cllr Elizabeth Thompson, Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Major Projects. “We will implement these lessons in our public transport service and further fine-tune the inner city route when we launch it later this year. Our focus must shift from organising an event transport service to launching the first steps of our public transport service.”

The City is planning to run another inner city service in the last quarter of 2010. This will align with future IRT inner city routings, and will have a minimal impact on existing services. Several permanent routes will make their way around Cape Town, starting with a trunk route on the R27. The permanent MyCiTi/IRT service will eventually be implemented across the city, with a full range of inner city feeder routes launched in October 2011.

The MiCiti World Cup event service was very successful. As of 13 July 2010, MyCiTi buses had transported over 12 000 passengers between the airport and the civic centre, shuttled over 135 000 passengers to and from Hertzog Boulevard Station and Cape Town Stadium station on the eight match days, and transported over 13 000 people on the inner city loop.

The City used this period to test routing options and received extensive feedback on ways to improve the system. This included adapting the routes, increasing the frequency of the service as well making signage more visible. The focus will be on meeting the needs of people that live and work in the city, businesses and the broader community including tourists who stay at hotels in the city.

"We would like to thank all Capetonians who used our inner-city service during the World Cup and for all of your feedback. Your input will inform our work going forward," said Cllr Thompson.

More information is available from www.capetown.gov.za/irt or from the City's toll-free Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. Single ride tickets on the airport route cost R50. Tickets can be bought from the stations at the Civic Centre and the airport. E-mail enquiries can be directed to myciti@capetown.gov.za  
Published by Martin Pollack.
 
2010/07/16
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