To date, the City of Cape Town has invested R4,6 billion in the MyCiTi bus service as part of its broader strategy of investing in the infrastructure that will help drive economic growth, development and inclusion. Affordable, safe and efficient public transport networks are also a critical element in breaking down apartheid era spatial planning.
Since the middle of February, the City launched MyCiTi routes linking Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and Hout Bay with the city centre, extended its main route to Dunoon, and now also activated a number of routes to and in Atlantis.
In the 1970s, the apartheid government established Atlantis along the West Coast with the plan to keep people apart from the rest of Capetonians living in Cape Town. But the design of MyCiTi’s routes and services is gradually breaking down the legacy of apartheid-era spatial planning, with the aim of building a city where all residents have access to work opportunities and can freely enter the areas in which their fellow residents live.
In the past, people in Atlantis only had access to transport services when there was a demand. But MyCiTi buses now provide a regular service throughout the day from early in the morning until late in the evening, enabling commuters to travel within and outside Atlantis whenever it suits their needs.
The five feeder routes cover a distance of 91 km within Atlantis and altogether it is estimated that the MyCiTi buses will travel 4200 km over a period of every five weekdays, providing reliable transport between different suburbs, industrial areas, schools, the CBD and clinics.
As a temporary arrangement, passengers travelling from Atlantis to the Cape Town CBD will have to change buses at the Table View station. This arrangement will apply until August 2014 when the second phase of the MyCiTi bus service in Atlantis will commence with a direct service to the Civic Centre station, as well as with feeder services to Pella and Mamre.
The extension of the MyCiTi bus service to Atlantis also relates to the City’s World Design Capital objectives, specifically in how the design of the MyCiTi network connects communities and unlocks opportunities to the residents of Atlantis. For example, quality public transport attracts private investors. The construction of the new MyCiTi bus station on Reygersdal Drive has already attracted a new investor who has acquired the Atlantis City Shopping Centre partly because of its proximity to the Integrated Rapid Transit station.
The City is confident that the extension of the MyCiTi service to Atlantis will be a success and that it will show the same growth in passenger numbers that we have been recording in Hout Bay where the uptake has shot up with over 1400%.
* You can read more about MyCiTi by visiting www.myciti.org.za, or call the 24/7 toll-free Transport Management Centre on 0800 65 64 63.