The MyCiTi bus service routes will be extended into a number of suburbs in the next few weeks, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater Brett Herron announced this week.
The bus service, which has become integral to Cape Town’s public transport system, will start operating in Vredehoek, Oranjezicht, Sea Point (along High Level Road and Beach Road via the V&A Waterfront), Melkbosstrand and Duynefontein from 2 November 2013.
Four weeks later, two new routes; between the Silo area of the V&A Waterfront, and over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay, will start running.
Additionally, the existing shuttle service, from the Century City rail station along Century City Boulevard to Montague Gardens, will be replaced by a MyCiTi route.
In the run-up to the new services starting, the City’s transport authority, Transport for Cape Town (TCT), will provide detailed information to residents.
Over the next few weeks information pamphlets will be distributed in the areas covered by the new routes.
“The new routes will take us a step closer to realising our vision of truly integrated transport in Cape Town. We know an integrated transport system is an important step towards more integrated communities. As part of our efforts to build an Inclusive City, our progress in this regard remains critical,” Herron says.
Many of the existing minibus-taxi and bus services along the route will be phased out, in line with 12-year vehicle operator contracts signed in September.
Herron says commuters need to be informed of the new MyCiTi services which would replace, and in some instances still, complement existing options.
TCT’s vision for the MyCiTi service is for it to be one of a number of safe, reliable and efficient public transport choices.
People who will be using the new routes can already buy a myconnect card and load it with credit, Herron says. They will be able to buy myconnect cards and load credit at the new MyCiTi stations, Queen’s Beach, Omuramba, Royal Ascot, Porterfield, Sandown and Melkbosstrand, which will be opened before the service starts running.
“We look forward to welcoming new passengers on our buses,” Herron says.