Council would run trains well

2017-08-22 06:00

Cape Town is undoubtedly the most congested city in South Africa.

Reports accurately ascribe the influx to and exponential growth of Cape Town to it being a well-governed city. The high property prices are also evident of demand and supply and the attractiveness of Cape Town to outsiders.

The inadequate bus and rail transport systems has proven hopelessly inefficient by the sectors managing them, but many commuters (both current and potential ones) are anticipating the City of Cape Town’s rollout of the MyCiti rapid bus transport system. The Transport and Urban Development Authority’s Mayco representative, Brett Herron, has committed R1.1bn to fund the transport infrastructure of Cape Town for the next three years.

Metrorail has failed dismally, and should be pressurised into handing over the management of our rail transport system to the City which has a proven track record in governance.

We have a responsibility to deliver a first-class rail transport service, and render an efficient and safe transport service to commuters’ workplaces. A partnership by the private sector and the City would provide the much-needed synergy to ease our congestion woes on city roads.

Increased motorists on Cape roads this past ten years is evident. A well-managed rail commuter service to operate and transport commuters to their workplaces daily will alleviate the current frustration with up to thirty trains being cancelled on weekday mornings, resulting in commuters being late for work and a loss of productivity.

Current Metrorail time schedules for its local trains are just too unreliable.

It is recommended that stakeholders lobby strongly in support of all initiatives by the City to manage the rail transport system, ensuring that Capetonians living on the outskirts of the city are transported efficiently and safely to their places of work.

Mark Kleinschmidt Kenwyn

Cape Town is undoubtedly the most congested city in South Africa.

Reports accurately ascribe the influx to and exponential growth of Cape Town to it being a well-governed city. The high property prices are also evident of demand and supply and the attractiveness of Cape Town to outsiders.

The inadequate bus and rail transport systems has proven hopelessly inefficient by the sectors managing them, but many commuters (both current and potential ones) are anticipating the City of Cape Town’s rollout of the MyCiti rapid bus transport system. The Transport and Urban Development Authority’s Mayco representative, Brett Herron, has committed R1.1bn to fund the transport infrastructure of Cape Town for the next three years.

Metrorail has failed dismally, and should be pressurised into handing over the management of our rail transport system to the City which has a proven track record in governance.

We have a responsibility to deliver a first-class rail transport service, and render an efficient and safe transport service to commuters’ workplaces. A partnership by the private sector and the City would provide the much-needed synergy to ease our congestion woes on city roads. Increased motorists on Cape roads this past ten years is evident. A well-managed rail commuter service to transport commuters daily will alleviate the current frustration with up to thirty trains being cancelled on weekday mornings, resulting in commuters being late for work and a loss of productivity.

Current Metrorail time schedules for its local trains are just too unreliable.

It is recommended that stakeholders lobby strongly in support of all initiatives by the City to manage the rail transport system, ensuring that Capetonians living on the outskirts of the city are transported efficiently and safely to their places of work.

Mark Kleinschmidt Kenwyn

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