Bus service coming to Cape Flats

2016-10-04 06:00

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A R300m refurbishment of Strandfontein Road has been announced in preparation for roll-out of MyCiTi service to the Cape Flats.

The investment in the refurbishment of Strandfontein Road is a momentous milestone in the future roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service, says the City’s Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron.

“It will take at least five years to get Phase 2A fully operational, based on financial allocations from the national government. Once completed, the new southbound dual carriageway will add significant capacity to the existing route, which will assist in alleviating traffic congestion. Residents from the adjacent suburbs of Ottery, Lotus River and Pelican Park will benefit from this investment, as will other road users who travel along this arterial route to and from work.”

The project will be completed in October 2017, if all goes according to plan.

In addition, commuters travelling on the N2 Express service between Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha and Cape Town now have access to real-time updates about the MyCiTi bus departures at the Civic Centre and Town Centre stations.

As part of a pilot phase, real-time information about the next bus to depart on the D01, D02, D03 and D04 routes is now communicated to commuters on electronic signboards or passenger information displays (PIDs) at the MyCiTi stations in the Town Centre and Civic Centre stations in Cape Town.

“This is a great addition to the MyCiTi service which we are now testing during a pilot on the N2 Express service,” says Herron.

The pilot phase allows officials to communicate crucial and useful information to passengers. “In addition to the standard MyCiTi departure schedule, commuters at the Town Centre or Civic Centre stations can now see the real-time departures of the MyCiTi buses displayed on the PID at the platform,” says Herron.

What is meant by real-time is the PID indicates to commuters in how many minutes the next bus on a particular route is to depart from that particular platform.

Another addition to the N2 Express service during the pilot phase is on-the-bus announcements about the next stop.

The drivers of about 550 buses who are currently employed by the MyCiTi vehicle operating companies are being trained to operate the bus communications system which allows them to be in constant voice contact with the MyCiTi Control Centre in Goodwood.

These advances will be rolled out on all of the MyCiTi routes over the next six months and upon successful completion of the pilot phase on the N2 Express service.

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