MyCiti: they giveth & taketh away

01/06/2010 at 12:46 1 comment

Improved public transport. That was one of the legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa, my hometown Cape Town included, is famous for many things yet great public transport is not one of them.

The football world cup would change this, the public was told  over the past years.

With less than two weeks to go before kick-off it seems that, in Cape Town at least, some of the promises will not materialize. Although the bus link between Cape Town’s city center and the International Airport, which has been decades overdue, will continue to exist after the world cup it seems the MyCity circular bus service in Cape Town’s city center will not. Unfortunately, no one seems to realise this.

The problem, in my point of view, is that the media statements issued by the relevant departments are so vague, that no one seems to be reading in between the lines.

Kylie Hatton, media manager of the City of Cape Town, confirmed what I feared all along: “The Airport –City shuttle service will continue after the world cup, at this stage the inner city loop is only planned to run until 16 July,” she said, adding: “But we are considering extending the service.”

Considering. ‘Considering’ in this scenario is another word for “We really do not need negative publicity a few days before the world cup, so we will not admit the service will cease to exist – which is actually what we are planning to do”.

Do not get me wrong: that airport shuttle is fantastic, and will be a genuine difference to my life. But the fact that the circular bus in town will stop to exist, that is just plain stupid. If there is something Cape Town’s congested city center need is a safe, reliable, comfortable and affordable bus service. And we were told we’d get such service …


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  • 1. Rafa  |  01/06/2010 at 13:53

    Its because the West Coast route starts November 2010 and the My CiTi buses will be used on that route, with some buses used for the Inner City to supplement the GA bus service.

    The Inner City service infrastructure is not complete. Small closed and open feeder station structures will be erected around the City Centre with a new fleet of smaller, narrower buses offering feeder services beyond the CBD, up to Gardens, and surrounds.

    Now that the shortfall in funds for Phase1A has been dealt with by treasury, the additional infrastructure e.g. red lanes in some parts of the CBD, more signage, buses, etc. can go ahead as planned.

    I do think its ridiculous that they have not been thinking ahead. Jhb took out a loan of R450 million for its buses, while CT only wants to spend what is currently available, spending only R100 million on buses. When it should be accelerating spending, and recover it from future allocations by treasury.


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