ALERT: National bus strike to continue but plans to compensate monthly commuters in the pipeline

2017-04-12 16:39 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Public bus services to extend the monthly packages for the time equal to the duration of the national strike - which is set to continue.  

Following a national bus strike which took place on Wednesday, 12 April, MyCiTi commuters with Monthly Passes on their myconnect cards are kindly advised to keep their cards as the public bus service is extending the monthly packages for the time equal to the duration of the national strike action.

SEE: ALERT: Travellers warned to make alternative arrangements as nation-wide bus strike looms
According to City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron details and procedures of how they intend to extend the packages will be communicated to commuters in due course.

But in the meantime, commuters are requested to please continue making alternative travel arrangements as it is not clear when the nationwide strike affecting the entire South African bus industry will come to an end.

"We have approached Metrorail to assist commuters during this time and I want to thank their management for adjusting Metrorail’s services to absorb the additional passenger volumes as it has extended its operating hours and some trains are terminating sooner at key stations to accommodate more passengers," says Herron. 

According to Herron, the strike has a serious knock-on effect on all public transport and road-based traffic, as nearly 71 000 commuters who make use of the MyCiTi service on any given weekday. 

"Given that these commuters will be displaced to other road-based transport such as minibus-taxis or private vehicles, I once again call on private businesses in Cape Town to consider implementing flexible working hours or remote working arrangements for employees where possible and practical. Residents are also requested to please explore alternatives such as car-pooling," says Herron.

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