Bus routes branch out

2017-05-02 06:01

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The City of Cape Town’s council has given the go-ahead for the implementation of five new MyCiTi corridor routes across Cape Town.

Apart from the new MyCiTi trunk routes to be implemented, the approved implementation plan also includes other modes of public transport such as a new train route, park-and-ride facilities at train stations and the upgrade of existing public transport interchanges.

“The implementation strategy was approved by council and prioritises the roll-out of five new MyCiTi corridor routes as well as the Blue Downs rail corridor within the next 15 years,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban ­development.

In the plan the roll-out of the following MyCiTi corridors are prioritised:

. Connecting Wynberg and Khayelitsha.

. Connecting Mitchell’s Plain and Claremont.

. Connecting Khayelitsha and Century City.

. The Klipfontein Road corridor connecting Mitchell’s Plain and the city CBD.

. The Symphony Way corridor connecting Mitchell’s Plain and Durbanville.

. The Blue Downs rail corridor – a double-track train link of about 9km between Nolungile station in Khayelitsha and Kuils River station with three new stations in between, namely Mfuleni, Blue Downs and Wimbledon.

“We want to have the five new MyCiTi corridors fully operational by 2032. This may sound far off, but the scale and reach of these routes is significantly bigger in comparison with the existing MyCiTi network. In fact, the five new corridors will serve at least five times the passengers that are currently travelling on the existing MyCiTi routes. It will connect some of the most disadvantaged communities to five major destinations – the Cape Town CBD, Bellville, Claremont, Wynberg and Century City.”

In determining which MyCiTi routes to prioritise, officials specifically considered areas where:

. the most residents would benefit from the roll-out – thus, the number of passengers to board the bus on a week day;

. the time passengers would save by travelling in a MyCiTi bus on a dedicated rapid transit route instead of using public transport in mixed traffic;

. the percentage of low-income households the routes would serve;

. integration opportunities along a route where commuters have easy access to other modes of transport such as trains; and

. those currently travelling in private cars could shift to public transport.

It will take at least 15 years to build the five new MyCiTi corridors.

“We will have to maintain and improve the existing facilities and operations while we incrementally roll out the MyCiTi trunk routes. As such, we will upgrade several public transport interchanges which are currently being used by minibus taxis and buses, and provide new park-and-ride facilities at MyCiTi stations and rail stations,” says Herron.

Five more MyCiTi trunk routes are planned after 2032: Between Strandfontein and the Cape Town CBD, between Westlake and Bellville, between Eerste River and Blouberg, between Kraaifontein and Century City and between Gordon’s Bay and ­Retreat.

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