Cape Town - Officials of the City of Cape Town have announced a project to expand free Wi-Fi internet access on all MyCiTi buses.
The City says it has issued a tender for a service provider to install and operate a Wi-Fi network on the public bus system.
“We want the service to be available on every operating MyCiTi bus at all times whilst in service. Basic use of the service will be free,” said the City of Cape Town mayor, Patricia De Lille, in a statement.
The City explained that each passenger will be able to use up to 50MB for free on the network.
The tender process is also expected to be completed later this year.
The winner of the tender is then planned to pilot the service for six months, after which the service will then be rolled out over a further six month period.
The City expects the free Wi-Fi project to boost the popularity of the public bus system as well as Cape Town’s bid to become a more digital city.
The MyCiTi bus system, which works on a similar rapid transport model to systems in Johannesburg and Tshwane, has approximately 300 MyCiTi buses with a further 80 buses expected to be introduced this year.
The system further comprises of 35 stations, serviced by 22 feeder routes with 322 stops. There are also 75 000 individual passenger trips on the MyCiTi system each week, according to the City of Cape Town.