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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR URBAN MOBILITY, COUNCILLOR ROB QUINTAS<p>​Now firmly on track and gaining momentum into 2024, a glance in the Urban Mobility rear-view mirror reveals some noteworthy strides made during 2023, as well as some challenges that required immense dedication to resolve. Our navigation of both the highs and lows pave the way for even greater progress in the year ahead.<br></p><div>The Urban Mobility Directorate’s efforts are focused on keeping people, goods, and services on the move with a well maintained and expanding road network, and improved access to public transport services. </div><div><br></div><div>The directorate has, since 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2023, repaired nearly 96 000 potholes; and resurfaced over 210 km of roads from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 alone. </div><div><br></div><div>We are making good progress with the infrastructure needed for the roll-out of the MyCiTi service between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Wynberg and Claremont, and the major projects aimed at alleviating traffic congestion, among others.</div><div><br></div><div>The City is responsible for maintaining a road network of over 10 700km, one of Cape Town’s biggest assets that requires regular and ongoing maintenance.</div><div><br></div><div>Last year, at least once a week, I visited sites all across Cape Town where we were busy constructing roads, repairing traffic lights and potholes, clearing stormwater drains, and building new infrastructure for our expanding MyCiTi bus service.</div><div><br></div><div>Seen in isolation, it is easy to underestimate the cumulative successes in service delivery and the progress made over 365 days. But as we are shifting into higher gear for this year’s projects, I want to highlight our achievements in this space.</div><div><br></div><div>Road infrastructure maintenance</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>210,7 km of roads resurfaced from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>7,4 km of roads rehabilitated from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>22,9 km of roads resealed from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>28 316 potholes repaired from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>25 083 potholes repaired from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>29 402 potholes repaired from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>12 845 potholes repaired from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023 (six months only)</div><div><br></div><div>All-in-all, our Road Infrastructure Management Department repaired 95 646 potholes within two and a half years, and this number does not even include the potholes we repair as part of general road maintenance such as resurfacing and rehabilitation works. </div><div><br></div><div>Economic growth, employment and productivity go hand in hand. Residents must be able to get to work and school within the shortest possible time, with transport that is reliable, safe, and affordable. This is why we are providing new infrastructure for those who rely on public transport; building new roads or widening the ones we have to alleviate traffic congestion; and adding new walking and cycling lanes all over the city.</div><div><br></div><div>MyCiTi bus service</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Up to 18 323 763 passenger trips were recorded on the MyCiTi bus service for the period 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023. This represents 68% growth in MyCiTi ridership year-on-year since 2021.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>According to the latest systems information a total of 9 172 877 passenger trips were recorded on the service for the six months from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023. I am confident that the directorate is on track to reach its target of 18 500 000 passenger trips for the current 2023/24 financial year </div><div><br></div><div>The increase in our passenger numbers confirms the growing confidence that commuters have in the service. Those who are switching to the MyCiTi service where it is available are beating the fuel price hikes, and also playing an active role in reducing congestion and cutting carbon dioxide emissions.</div><div><br></div><div>Roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service to the metro-south east</div><div>We are busy expanding the footprint of the MyCiTi bus service to provide commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha with scheduled, safe, affordable and reliable public transport to Wynberg and Claremont. </div><div><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The construction of the freestanding elevated traffic circle, the first of its kind in South Africa, at the intersection of Govan Mbeki Road (M9) and Jan Smuts Drive (M17) in Lansdowne, is progressing well. The elevated traffic circle will provide MyCiTi buses with passage across this busy intersection, without affecting general traffic below. The upgrade includes major improvements to the intersection and surrounding roads that will benefit all road users, new pavements and street lighting for cycling and walking, and new bus lanes and stations for MyCiTi</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>In August 2023 we commenced with the construction of two additional work packages. The first involves the continuation of the Sky Circle project from the Govan Mbeki and Heinz Road intersection moving eastwards, past the Edith Stevens Nature Reserve, up to the Govan Mbeki Road and Sabelo Sithole Street intersection. The second work package is along AZ Berman Drive in Mitchells Plain from just north of the R300 interchange up to the AZ Berman and Wespoort Drive intersection in the south.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The project team completed the new pedestrian bridge in Lentegeur, in the vicinity of Watergate Estate, in November 2023. The bridge provides a safe railway crossing to pedestrians and will improve access to the new MyCiTi station to be located along AZ Berman Drive</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Another five infrastructure projects are also in the pipeline for this year </div><div><br></div><div>Congestion alleviation</div><div>Congestion is a big talking point. Cape Town is a growing city with more people relocating here in search of better lives and opportunities. </div><div><br></div><div>Some congestion relief projects are in the final planning phases and others are already well underway:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>completion of the Erica Drive road link between Belhar Drive and Nooiensfontein Road in Belhar</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>the dualling of Jip de Jager Road from Kommissaris Street to Van Riebeeckshof Road in Durbanville</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>the third phase of the dualling of a section of Kommetjie Main Road in the South</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>upgrades to the M3 highway between Hospital Bend and Constantia Main Road</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>the extension of Saxdowns Road in Kuils River from Lanverwacht Road to Van Riebeeck Road to link Bottelary Road in the north with Van Riebeeck Road in the south; </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>the dualling of a section of Berkley Road in Maitland</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>the dualling of Amandel Road from Bottelary Road to Church Street, including a new bridge over the Bottelary River in Kuils River </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>upgrade of Voortrekker Road to increase road capacity from the Salt River circle to Jakes Gerwel Drive in Maitland</div><div><br></div><div>Non-motorised transport</div><div>Non-motorised transport projects that will be under implementation by the end of 2024 includes those in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Heideveld, Kuils River and Kensington.</div><div><br></div><div>Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs)</div><div>The new minibus-taxi facility in Somerset West PTI will be completed. The Makhaza minibus-taxi facility was recently completed. Work was done on the Bellville Transport Hub and additional work will be undertaken this year. The PTIs in Nyanga, Nolungile and Vuyani PTIs will commence in the next financial year, starting 1 July 2024.</div><div><br></div><div>Rail feasibility study </div><div>While massive numbers of residents remain ‘grounded’ due to the absence of a functioning passenger rail service on major lines, we have made considerable progress with the Rail Feasibility Study, with a consolidated baseline report being finalised in October 2023.</div><div><br></div><div>In December, the National Treasury stated on record that it supports the devolution of rail, housing and bus service functions in a responsible and sustainable manner where capacity constraints are considered. We take heart from these comments.</div><div><br></div><div>I can assure Capetonians the officials from our Urban Mobility Directorate are focused, determined, and motivated to achieve even more this year.</div><div><br></div>2024-02-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea;L0|#0ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea|MyCiTi;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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