New MyCiTi route approved

2016-04-05 06:00
An additional route has been approved for the MyCiTi bus service.

The City of Cape Town’s Council approved the conceptual design of the MyCiTi route T12 between Mitchell’s Plain and Claremont and a portion of route T11 from Khayelitsha to the intersection of Strandfontein Road and New Ottery Road.

The decision was passed on Thursday 31 March. Transport for Cape Town (TCT) will now proceed with the detail design process along the proposed route alignments. The conceptual design that served before Council does not include the Wynberg section as this part of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service is subject to a final court ruling.

The following key elements have been finalised in the conceptual design:

. The route alignment of the T11 and T12 – the roads will allow an average operating speed of 30 km/h for the MyCiTi buses,

. Right of way – where the MyCiTi buses will travel on dedicated red bus lanes and within mixed traffic,

. The location of the MyCiTi stations and stops – locations that will bring up to 80% of commuters within 500m of a station or stop, and

. The type of stations needed along the routes to serve the number of boarding and alighting passengers and transfers between routes. The City has followed an extensive process over a period of five years to reach this stage of the proposed Phase 2A project:

. In October 2011 the council approved the planning and design of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service,

. In June 2014 the council approved the City’s Integrated Public Transport Network Plan which identified 10 new MyCiTi trunk routes, inclusive of Phase 2A,

. From October 2014 until July 2015, Transport for Cape Town embarked on a seven-month public participation process about the proposed conceptual design of the T11 and T12 routes,

. Following recent litigation concerning the Wynberg section of Phase 2A, the T11 is now proposed to terminate at the intersection of Strandfontein Road and New Ottery Road, and

. All matters relating to public transport in Wynberg are excluded until such time as a final court ruling has been made.

As from 22 May until 3 July last year, no less than 33 open days were hosted at venues within the communities who are to benefit from Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service.

All of the comments that were received during the public participation process, either written or verbal, were considered and are captured in the report that served before the council. There is overwhelming support for Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service in the other communities, says Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron.

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