As of July 5, the residents of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha have had access to the MyCiTi service with bus stops along some of the major roads in these areas.
The MyCiTi buses will be travelling between these areas and the Civic Centre station in the Cape Town, from where passengers will be able to connect to other parts of the city – including the West Coast all the way to Atlantis, and the Atlantic Seaboard all the way to Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay.
“The roll-out of the first phase of the N2 Express service to the communities of the Cape Flats is only the beginning of an extensive process the City’s transport authority Transport for Cape Town has embarked upon to transform public transport in these areas,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
This is the first milestone of many to come in the City’s endeavours to improve the mobility of residents in the Metro South East and to link them to opportunities and amenities across the city.
The Mitchells Plain MyCiTi Station is earmarked for completion later in the year, while residents of Khayelitsha will be delighted to know that the City has already started with the detailed design of a new MyCiTi station in Nolungile. This latter station, to be located in Site C, will form part of a massive integrated public transport hub, enabling passengers in Khayelitsha to transfer with ease between the different modes of public transport, ranging from the scheduled MyCiTi bus service to rail, minibus-taxis and long-distance bus services.
“This public transport interchange will revolutionise mobility in Khayelitsha, as is the case with the proposed major public transport transfer hub to be located in Philippi – another exciting future development entailed in the Integrated Public Transport Network plan that was approved by the City Council on June 25,” adds Councillor Herron.
The N2 Express service will be commencing with fourteen 12-metre low-floor buses, accommodating 34 seated passengers, 34 standing and one passenger in a wheelchair, and 10 nine-metre low-floor buses, accommodating 25 seated passengers, 25 standing and one passenger in a wheelchair.
The N2 Express is a top-up service implemented to add capacity to public transport services currently available in the areas, with buses using the existing dedicated BMT (bus, minibus and taxi) on the incoming lane into the CBD on the N2 freeway.
* For more information, visit www.myciti.org.za, or call 0800 65 64 63.