As from Saturday 27 October 2018, there will be changes to some routes for MyCiti, including new route numbers. New bus stops will be introduced where routes have been extended to meet the passenger demand, and some underutilised stops will no longer be served. Many routes will also be replaced with new direct routes to popular destinations.
Some of the changes are as follows:
• a new route will serve District Six and Zonnebloem
• direct routes will operate between Upper Kloof Street and the V&A Waterfront, as well as between the Civic Centre and the Clock Tower precinct, and Oranjezicht and Sea Point
• three new stops will be added to serve the Parklands East area
• a direct route will operate from Table View to Duynefontein via Melkbosstrand
• direct routes will operate between Dunoon and Montague Gardens, as well as between Marine Drive and Century City
• numerous stops have been added to the routes in Atlantis to better serve Beacon Hill and Sherwood
The MyCiTi buses currently cover on average 1 456 506 km per month. With the changes and extension of routes, the City will add another 150 000 km to the service.
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"By adding another 150 000 km to the service each month, we will bring the MyCiTi service closer to more commuters and to where there is a demand. For example, we will extend popular routes in the inner city, Table View, Atlantis, and Century City with 29 new bus stops. In addition to these, we will also introduce new routes, and more direct routes with fewer transfers," said Councillor Herron.
Important to note
All of the new stops will be temporary for a few months so that the City can monitor the suitability of the location, and the passenger demand before money is spent on permanent infrastructure.
"We expect that the new direct routes to destinations such as the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point will be popular as no transfers will be required. The purpose of these changes is to improve the MyCiTi service to make it more convenient for commuters, and easier to use.
"It is also in response to the changes in passenger demand to ensure that the MyCiTi service remains efficient and sustainable. Cities are constantly evolving and Cape Town is no different. People move around and adjust their lifestyles, and public transport services around the world must respond to these changes.
"There were requests for the new and direct routes during our engagements with MyCiTi commuters and organisations representing ratepayers, employers and employees. Some of the requests related to the revision of existing routes or to change the location of certain bus stops. This is our response to those requests and I am confident that the MyCiTi commuters will greatly benefit from the additional and revised routes," said Councillor Herron.
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The City is also introducing a new MyCiTi map
"The new map makes it easier for commuters to orientate themselves. Apart from the MyCiTi routes, the map also shows the different areas and suburbs of Cape Town, as well as the passenger rail lines and train stations,"said Councillor Herron.
The new map will be available on the MyCiTi website as from today, 8 October 2018, and it will be on display at stations and at bus stops. The trunk routes where buses operate on the red roads and have right of way are indicated in red; the direct routes between popular destinations where commuters do not need to transfer are indicated in blue, and other routes are colour-coded.
Passengers are also advised to please visit the MyCiTi website at www.myciti.org.za for detailed information about the imminent changes, or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.
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