Cape Town unveils transport plan

2012-10-18 14:22
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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town envisages its commuters using different modes of transport across one seamless network, a council official said on Thursday.

A commuter would in the future be able to buy one ticket to travel on a train, taxi and bus regardless of operators, transport mayoral committee member Brett Herron said at the launch of the city's single transport authority.

"This also means the harmonisation of timetables and connections... It means integrated fares across multiple public transport operators."

Herron said the network would be within 500m of nearly every home in the city.

Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle said the project would tackle spatial and racial divides.

"Nothing can bridge the apartheid barriers of this city faster than an integrated transport network," he said.

The single authority to manage the network would be called "Transport for Cape Town".

Mayor Patricia de Lille said a single system would mean faster travel times, more safety measures and better facilities.

No date was announced for the official network launch.

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