Cape Town unveils transport plan

2012-10-18 14:22

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town envisages its commuters using different modes of transport across one seamless network, a council official said on Thursday.

A commuter would in the future be able to buy one ticket to travel on a train, taxi and bus regardless of operators, transport mayoral committee member Brett Herron said at the launch of the city's single transport authority.

"This also means the harmonisation of timetables and connections... It means integrated fares across multiple public transport operators."

Herron said the network would be within 500m of nearly every home in the city.

Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle said the project would tackle spatial and racial divides.

"Nothing can bridge the apartheid barriers of this city faster than an integrated transport network," he said.

The single authority to manage the network would be called "Transport for Cape Town".

Mayor Patricia de Lille said a single system would mean faster travel times, more safety measures and better facilities.

No date was announced for the official network launch.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-18 14:39

    Back to the good ol Mynah buses...Western Cape can you bring your knowledge to Durban. Bring back happiness!

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-18 15:21

      Much like TfL then. TfCt? Well, I hope it happens rather fast nevertheless, and that they *focus* on safety and better facilities.

      captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-10-18 15:22

      The headline says: Cape Town unveils transport plan ... 1) Its a plan 2) Plan has been unveiled Its not the implementation that has been unveiled, and its not the plan that has yet been implemented. The ANC can also unveil plans ... And they have done many of them ... Oh and 1 of them was building 7 massive stadiums across the countries, which they unveiled and implemented, and might I add: successfully.

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-18 15:42

      Eh...the plan IS currently being implemented. Take a drive around the city and you'll notice construction everywhere. Humans are being replaced with electronic turnstiles for MyConnect cards. MetroRail have released massively improved figures since they started working with the city on the first phase of the rail cleanup. And there are more upgrades in store for Cape Town Station. The list goes on, but you get my point.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-18 15:43

      Captain morgan - Yes, and now we are lumped with huge stadiums in areas where it has absolutely no purpose with the accompanying debt that invariably goes with it.....And the connected anc tenderpreneurs who was the happy recipients of those billions of wasted tax money...... There is a big difference between planning something worthwhile and a flash in the pan

      matt.jarvis.77312477 - 2012-10-18 15:56

      Here's a thought: What about a "London Underground Network System for Cape Town hey? or the London Night Busses System that goes the extra mile or two for you in Cape Town? Too little too late or too expansive to implement at this stage?Industrial Revolution all over again but with less polution and smarter rail network system?Think about how much faster it would take you to get from A to B,chop,chop,quick in no time!!!!!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 16:27

      captaine captaine captaine. The stadiums are certainly nothing to brag about. Most have become a financial burden and are now just massive lumps of concrete sitting there doing nothing. I also found most to be rather ugly to say the least.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-18 16:30

      @captain: ooh you mean the white elephants. What do they contribute to the poor communities?

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-10-22 18:07

      Captain.morgan - what have you been drinking? In 1995 we hosted the rugby WC, and those stadiums are still running profits. Meanwhile the 2010 stadiums is a drain on tax payers. Very successful failure i'd say. They could have used more of the rugby stadiums, but it was more "profitable" to build new ones. Already the skeletons are coming out about who got tenders for which stadiums.

  • calliedj - 2012-10-18 14:40

    Great. Get people out of their SOVs.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-18 14:41

    The taxis are going to allow you to do this???

      0001000ghost - 2012-10-18 14:50

      who cares? taxis allowing what? they are all crack users with no braincells

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-18 16:08

      Maybe. If they give them all areas to shuttle people out from the suburbs to the collection points. Remember that most of Cape Town will than travel this way, if it works well and the amount of work for the taxis will increase by mostly doing shuttle work. It can be that their running cost is less with same profit. I am sure(if they use logic) they will prefer this to avoid the daily driving rush if the profits stay the same. The amount of passengers will be so much more. The question is if they will understand the logic.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-10-22 18:10

      Good point DuToit. Imagine taxi drivers with medical aid and pension funds. Would it not make sense to enter formal employment?

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 14:41

    It certainly sounds good, however who will decide on the commuter fees? Will the taxi owners be happy to be told what their tarrifs are going to be? How will taxi voilence and protests be addressed?

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-10-18 14:46

    Bring it on

  • wilmich - 2012-10-18 14:49

    Monarch Tuksi Company FTW

  • colin.dovey - 2012-10-18 14:55

    Unlike Joburg's Reya Vaya, run by ex-Taxi drivers, and currently on strike!

  • marcel.pyoos - 2012-10-18 15:02

    As long as it's not a 10-20 year plan - enjoying the current momentum of the MyCiti roll-out as well as the positive effect it's had on my budget i.r.o. transport costs!

  • hughhezuze.schalkwyk - 2012-10-18 15:07

    Big Challenge DA but you thinking out of the box well done i hope this gets rolled out as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-18 15:09

    The Mynah service is more efficient in Durban than even the new Rapid bus system in Cape Town. The old city trams should have been advanced in the cities eliminating traffic congestion. South Africa once had a great train infrastructure, pity it is no longer safe to travel by train. I personally think Monorail is the way to go - we can do it!

  • mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-10-18 15:41

    @ captaine.morgan, unveiled past participle, past tense of unĀ·veil (Verb) Verb: Remove a veil or covering from, esp. uncover (a new monument or work of art) as part of a public ceremony: "the mayor unveiled a plaque". Show or announce publicly for the first time: "the manufacturer unveiled plans for expanding into aviation".

  • chris.booise - 2012-10-18 15:43

    For real? What if the taxi bosses feels they are getting the short end and starts stoning and burning the buses and trains?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 16:32

      Well I can only hope the DA will then deal severely with them and put them in their place for once and for all. The Taxi industry is nothing more than an association of Gangsters, like the Mafia. Hell, they even kill each other now and then.

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-10-18 16:01

    Brilliant. Well done DA! Sounds great. Something for the people

  • duanne.dames - 2012-10-18 16:30

    This has been the plan for ages, unfortunately the Taxi drivers will shoot the busses full of hole again.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-22 10:11

    Does one notice the effort by the anc to follow in the footsteps of the DA.Now this is a WIN WIN situation to benifit the people of South Africa.It would be appreciated if tony from cosatu/anc stop his negative comments.The poor fellow did not realise the negative impact his poor comments on the BRT being introduced in the Southern Suburbs in Cape Town, had on him.

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