MyCiti bus service to go greener

2015-10-27 06:00

Biofuel and electric buses are on the cards for the MyCiTi bus service in the near future.

The City of Cape Town announced this on the last day of the African Union of Public Transport workshop on best practice in Africa.

The importance of alternative fuel for public transport counted among the top discussion points during the final round of case study sessions at the workshop.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says: “While the MyCiti bus service has significantly improved the quality of life of our residents through access to affordable, decent and safe public transport, we now also have the responsibility to lower our carbon emissions and the impact of pollution on the urban environment. As such the City will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses within the next few months.”

In addition, the City is undertaking a research project into biofuels to determine how alternative fuel can be used to improver efficiency and to run a cleaner bus service.

Experts in alternative fuel who attended the workshop cited that cities will represent 80% of energy use and carbon emissions by 2025. Currently, 97% of public transport across the world operates on diesel, contributing to pollution and climate change. Worldwide there are 1.3m deaths due to traffic accidents annually and a further 3.1m deaths from particle emissions – meaning one out of eight deaths is related to poor air quality.

“When we rolled out the first MyCiti bus routes in 2010, we could never have imagined that the service would be growing at such a pace. We are now transporting nearly 59 184 passengers every weekday.

“As we intend on growing our MyCiti footprint with the roll-out of more routes across the city, it is imperative that we investigate cleaner and alternative fuels for our buses. An added benefit of electric buses is the fact that they operate almost silently, which will also help to cut back on noise pollution,” Herron says.

Biofuel and electric buses are on the cards for the MyCiTi bus service in the near future.

The City of Cape Town announced this on the last day of the African Union of Public Transport workshop on best practice in Africa.

The importance of alternative fuel for public transport counted among the top discussion points during the final round of case study sessions at the workshop.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says: “While the MyCiti bus service has significantly improved the quality of life of our residents through access to affordable, decent and safe public transport, we now also have the responsibility to lower our carbon emissions and the impact of pollution on the urban environment. As such the City will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses.”

In addition, the City is undertaking a research project into biofuels to determine how alternative fuel can be used to improver efficiency and to run a cleaner bus service.

Experts in alternative fuel who attended the workshop cited that cities will represent 80% of energy use and carbon emissions by 2025. Currently, 97% of public transport across the world operates on diesel, contributing to pollution and climate change. Worldwide there are 1.3m deaths due to traffic accidents annually and a further 3.1m deaths from particle emissions – meaning one out of eight deaths is related to poor air quality.

“When we rolled out the first MyCiti bus routes in 2010, we could never have imagined that the service would be growing at such a pace. We are now transporting nearly 59 184 passengers every weekday.

“As we intend on growing our MyCiti footprint with the roll-out of more routes across the city, it is imperative that we investigate cleaner and alternative fuels for our buses. An added benefit of electric buses is the fact that they operate almost silently, which will also help to cut back on noise pollution,” Herron says.

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