In the past, the city’s communities were purposefully kept as far apart from each other as possible. The City of Cape Town knew that in order to be the truly inclusive city that it has committed to build; a public transport system that would bring people who were geographically marginalised to the economic and other opportunities at the centre was paramount. And MyCiTi is succeeding in doing this, as new routes start covering more and more of the Mother City.
Some of the highlights of the MyCiTi journey so far include the start of buses between the city center and Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and Hout Bay in February, the extension of the T01 main route to Dunoon in March, and the start of the MyCiTi service to Atlantis early in April. In order to keep up with demand, the City added additional buses on certain routes in March this year to alleviate overcrowding. On July 5, the MyCiTi service will be launched in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha as part of the City’s broader strategy of investing in infrastructure that will help drive economic growth, development and inclusion, as well as breaking down apartheid-era spatial planning.
The Control Centre contract was terminated in March and, as a result, certain functionality has been affected (such as real-time passenger information displays on the passenger information boards at the stations and on the mobi-site) due to the implementation being incomplete and there being no maintenance in respect of all things related to the previous contract. However, despite the impact of the cancellation of the previous contract, the City has still managed to roll out the MyCiTi service to Dunoon and Atlantis. It is hoped that a new contractor will be in place by June and the City is requesting passengers to please be patient while this process is being finalised.