MyCiTi West Coast bus service to begin rolling from Monday 09 May 2011

CITY OF CAPE TOWN : MEDIA RELEASE : 04 MAY 2011

The MyCiTi bus service is set to start running between Table View and the city centre on Monday 09 May 2011 as part of the phased launch of the MyCiTi starter service. This will be the first part of MyCiTi bus routes on the West Coast, signalling a major milestone for the transformation of public transport in Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today approved the launch schedule, which is outlined below:

  • From Monday 09 May 2011, MyCiTi buses will begin running along the red trunk route on the R27 between the Table View and Civic Centre bus stations. They will not stop at any of the stations in between. The service will run between 09:00 and 15:00 from Monday to Friday. Buses will depart on an hourly basis from the Civic Centre and Table View stations. Tickets for the service will cost R10,00 per trip.
  • On Saturday 14 May 2011, the full trunk service will start operating with the buses stopping at all stations along the trunk route.The interim inner-city feeder route, called the Gardens-Civic Centre-Waterfront route, will also begin operating. This route will run between the Civic Centre and Green Point, the Waterfront, the Loop and Long Street areas and Gardens. Tickets for the feeder routes will cost R5,00 per trip, but travel on the feeder routes is free when used in conjunction with a trunk route trip, which costs R10,00.
  • Over the weekend of Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May 2011, all of the Table View feeder services will also start operating. These will cover the areas of Big Bay, Table View, Parklands and Blaauwberg – also linking up to the trunk service.

With the recent conclusion of negotiations with the Vehicle Operator Companies (VOCs), the phased launch aims to ensure public safety and allow time to adequately train the staff on the system and its operation. Staff training is currently underway and will continue throughout the period of the phased launch of the MyCiTi starter service.

The Mayoral Committee also noted the importance of the interim service in preparation for granting 12-year contracts for the permanent service, and the successful conclusion of negotiations with the three VOCs who will drive the buses. Extensive negotiations have been underway with the minibus taxi associations and bus companies that will be directly affected by the new service and which comprise the VOCs.

Subject to the Mayoral Committee’s approval, contracts have been approved with the three VOCs, namely:

  • Company A: Transpeninsula Investments (Pty) Ltd., consisting of taxi associations in the inner city
  • Company B: Kidrogen (Pty) Ltd., consisting of associations in the Blaauwberg, Table View, Dunoon, Maitland and Ysterplaat areas
  • Company C: Golden Arrow Bus Services

The Mayoral Committee today also approved for recommendation to Council permission for the VOCs to use and control the City assets needed for operating the service, as is required by the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulations. These assets include the buses, the stations, bus depots and the busways.

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Kylie Hatton, Manager: Media, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 4684 or Cell: 082 874 4605

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