Easy ride to city soon

Plans to extend the MyCiTi bus routes will see the service rolled out to Maitland early next year.

The route will connect Salt River to Century City and will be rolled out in two phases, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

The City of Cape Town will open the route between Salt River and the Maitland station once negotiations with the taxi industry have been successfully concluded, he says.

“The feeder service is intended to run along Koeberg Road and Freedom Way. At the Omuramba station, commuters will be able to change over to the TO4 route that will operate between Dunoon, Montague Gardens and Century City,” he explains.

The new route will integrate the rail and MyCiTi bus service so that commuters can easily change between the two modes of transport to reach their destinations, Herron says.

“This is important if we want commuters to opt to use public transport instead of private vehicles. Seamless integration at Maitland train station has been incorporated in this feeder service design,” he explains.

The introduction of the MyCiTi service will boost the development of the area, says Gene Lohrentz, manager of Geocentric which runs the Maitland Improvement District.

“The new route will link Maitland with the rest of the service and will provide ­another optional mode of transport for those who live and work in the area,” he says.

“This will add to the development of the area. Formalised, well-structured and ordered transport is very important for the growth of Maitland.”

The second phase of the transport plan will provide the remaining services within the West Coast corridor to ensure a full complement of public transport services. Services will run between Dunoon, Montague Gardens, Century City, Summer Greens, Edgemead, Richwood and Maitland.

“These communities will now also have easy access to the MyCiTi service which will connect them to Century City and Montague Gardens,” Herron says.

Construction is planned to start in the first quarter of next year

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