In June 2007, the City of Cape Town approved the Integrated Transport Plan (ITP), which outlined the vision of ‘providing a world class sustainable transport system that moves all its people and goods effectively, efficiently, safely and affordably’. A Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan is being developed, to update the ITP.
In line with the principles outlined in these documents, the City has been developing an Integrated Rapid Transit System for Cape Town. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is the cornerstone of this new transit system.
The aim is to integrate the BRT service, which is called MyCiTi, with an upgraded rail system and a network of walking and cycling routes. Ultimately, MyCiTi services will replace existing bus and minibus taxi services. Rail will remain the backbone of the public transport, as it can transport far more people, more quickly, than any other public transport mode. MyCiTi services will link to this rail service, and provide public transport where no rail service exists.
The City aims to have a bus stop within 500m of most homes in the city when the system is complete, making it possible to travel from any one point in Cape Town to any other on the safe, efficient, integrated public transport system.