The improvement of public transport is one of eight key strategic focus areas identified by the City of Cape Town in its Integrated Development Plan for achieving its long-term vision and developmental goals. Public transport plays a vital role in providing all citizens and visitors with access to opportunities and facilities, whether for economic, education, health, recreation or social purposes.
Since 2007 the City has been working on the first phase of an Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system in Cape Town, aimed at significantly improving public transport in the City. The first leg of this IRT system is the dedicated work on the MyCiTi IRT system. While this first leg is primarily a ‘Bus Rapid Transit’ system, it is designed in a way that emphasises the need for integration with other modes, especially rail, the backbone of public transport in Cape Town.
This site focuses on the MyCiTi IRT project implementation, including system planning, infrastructure development, business development and operational contracting and operations (from a reporting point of view). For passenger information on MyCiTi, click here.
Phase 1A includes the Inner City (including extension to Hout Bay), Woodstock rail station, Paarden Eiland, Milnerton, Montague Gardens, Century City, Dunoon, Table View, Melkbos, Atlantis and Mamre. It includes the rapidly growing residential areas in Blaauwberg north of the Diep River, and the low-income communities of Atlantis, Mamre, Du Noon and Doornbach. This corridor faces some of the worst peak period congestion levels, especially to the south and east of the bridges over the Diep River.
Phase 1A of MyCiTi includes the Inner City and the Blaauwberg-Atlantis Corridor. Key motivation for starting with the Blaauwberg – Dunoon – Atlantis corridor is that:
- Worst Congestion levels is experienced along this corridor and will worsen with future developments
- No suitable (separate Right of Way) public transport alternate exist along this corridor
- Fewer mini bus taxi operators
- Greater catchment of choice users
- Controlled market to demonstrate and test theory.
Phase 1B and Phase 2
In October 2011 Council approved the commencement of planning of Phase 1B (completion of the logical set of services around Phase 1A), and Phase 2 (Metro South East, including Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain)