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Old July 16th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #2241
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Old July 16th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #2242
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Old July 19th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #2243
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whats the point of a door on the right hand side of the bus? are people going to get off in the middle of the road?

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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:17 AM   #2244
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whats the point of a door on the right hand side of the bus? are people going to get off in the middle of the road?
But people already do? The BRT lanes that run along Marine Drive, for example, run down the centre of the road. Buses dock and passengers embark/disembark through the right-hand door. The same happens at the Civic Centre. At small feeder stops, the buses use the left-hand door as those are located on the left-hand side of the road on the pavement.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #2245
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Yup, rule of thumb for MyCiti is: Trunk Route buses disembark to the right, Feeder Route buses disembark to the left.

So excited to see CoCT going balls to the wall with new MyCiti routes. Just wonder what the outcome will be of Golden Arrow's legal challenge against the city and MyCiti... I really hope GA gets read the riot act in court. They have contributed next to nothing in providing CT residents with an effective bus network.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #2246
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Yup, rule of thumb for MyCiti is: Trunk Route buses disembark to the right, Feeder Route buses disembark to the left.

So excited to see CoCT going balls to the wall with new MyCiti routes. Just wonder what the outcome will be of Golden Arrow's legal challenge against the city and MyCiti... I really hope GA gets read the riot act in court. They have contributed next to nothing in providing CT residents with an effective bus network.
My fear is that it will achieve nothing but to delay the project. They are basically putting up a fight over what their share in the West Coast routes should be, but they don't want new contacts concluded between the City and other vehicle operators until their dispute is resolved. Let's just hope it doesn't take too long...
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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #2247
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Old July 26th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #2248
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I would be very careful how they react to GA and the minibus taxis. The city really needs them on their side. Effectively they have licences to operate and some new city routes will infringe upon those. At the end of the day, we do not want to violent actions being taken by GA, or more likely by the minibus industry because they were not totally consulted and engaged. Many people might not like it, but the reality is that both these parties have to play a role in everything going forward, have to be happy with their role, or there will be problems.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #2249
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Anyone know if they've decided where to move the cenotaph to make way for the Adderley Street station?
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Old July 29th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #2250
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Electronic display boards at bus stops

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Uhm...and what are people without smartphones supposed to use, or those who run out of airtime, or or?? With a smartphone penetration of something like 18%, how would that cater to the needs of the majority?

On the security issue: security guards are employed to guard the stations for that very reason. Changing the information displayed on existing signage isn't going to encourage theft.
By far the majority of passengers will access the system at feeder bus stops, rather than at stations. So, although security guards at stations would secure electronic sign boards there, this will not protect the investment at the 100s of bus stops - which are very vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

Cell phones are the way to go: The City could use USSD technology accessible to people with cell phones which aren't smartphones - cost to the passenger will be limited to data transfer fees - much less than the cost of sms's.
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Old August 14th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #2251
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I just posted this on MyCiTi's FB wall. Do you guys agree? Just an suggestion: Today I was left waiting 40 minuets for a friend in front of the Cape Quarter between about 3:30 and 4:15. During this time I was quite observant of the buses and taxi's that passed. (the ones traveling towards town) What I noticed was that all of them were between half full and completely loaded (even the GA buses which has almost twice the capacity of your feeder buses). There was literally not a minute that went by where a taxi didn't drive past. The point I'm trying to make (and I'm sure you're engineers and planners have though of it) is that two buses every 5 or 10 minutes will NOT be enough (referring to the 2 Hout Bay routes). Most of them will be half full by the time they reach Sea Point! Over crowding will be a massive problem. The suggestion I would make is that perhaps during peak hour have a "temporary" (or maybe even a permanent) route that would be the equivalent of Golden Arrows current Sea Point bus/route. Just a thought
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Old August 31st, 2012, 03:35 PM   #2252
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Rather annoyed with the very limited service.

Although stations are nearing completion and feeder buses are being assembled, roll out still seems to be on a go slow.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #2253
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MyCiTi: New access gates being installed at stations, signalling the next step in myconnect roll-out
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NO. 735 / 2012
04 SEPTEMBER 2012


MyCiTi users can expect to see changes at MyCiTi stations in coming months, as new access control gates are installed. The first gates will be installed this week at the Civic Centre station.

The glass gates look and operate in a similar manner to the Gautrain’s access system. A number of gates will be installed next to each other, to allow for channels of passengers to enter the station. In keeping with MyCiTi’s principle of universal accessibility, at least one of the channels with a gate is wider, allowing easier access for people in wheelchairs, parents with prams, or people with bicycles or oversized luggage.

The gates will give passengers access to the bus station after they have tapped their myconnect card on a permanent card reader installed as part of the gate system. The glass panels will swing open to allow entry.

Gates will be installed at all stations, starting with the Civic Centre, Table View and Gardens stations and come into use in December this year. Until that time, access to the stations will remain the same. The glass gates will be in an open position, until they are activated for use later this year. Until this time, passengers will be asked to continue to tap their cards against the hand-held validators as per current procedures.

The installation of the gates signals an important step in the next phase of the roll-out of the myconnect card system, which will ultimately see users being charged for the distance travelled, rather than the current flat fare system. As the full system is installed and rolled out passengers will realise why it is necessary to have one card per customer, as it will be necessary to tap your card on the validator mounted on the gate to enter and exit the system. This will allow the system to calculate the distance that each customer has travelled from entering the system and leaving the system, and deduct the correct fare from their card.

However, in the near future and as part of the next step in getting passengers accustomed to this system, they will be required to ‘tap in and tap out’ while the flat fare system is still in place. This will allow them to become accustomed to the concept of ‘tapping in and tapping out’ before the full distance-based fare system is in place.

The final phase of the roll-out of the myconnect card system will commence next year when the full distance-based fare system comes into effect. This incremental roll-out allows passengers to become familiar with the system and allows the City to refine and improve the system to ensure that it functions in the best interests of the passenger.

This phased approach, which allows continuous assessment and refinement, is a critical part of the City’s approach to the roll-out of the first phase of the MyCiTi service.

All installation work will be done mainly at night, outside of operational hours.

We appeal to passengers to be patient during this installation phase of the project, and please report any concerns to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or e-mail myciti@capetown.gov.za


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Old September 5th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #2254
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Finally! This will make the whole system so much more efficient.

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Old September 10th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #2255
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Adderley Street taxis to make way for MyCiTi routes
10 SEPTEMBER 2012

The metered taxi rank in Adderley Street is to be relocated - probably to a plot in the Heerengragt Service Road, opposite Pier Place - to make way for the new MyCiTi routes.

MyCiTi buses will begin running a new service through the CBD in November.

To free up space for the kerbside stops, 13 metered taxi ranks facing Table Bay, as well as three facing Table Mountain, will be relocated.

They are situated in Adderley Street, between Riebeeck Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue.

"The city believes metered taxis are an important part of the transport system, and will benefit from the additional number of people using MyCiTi and public transport," the city said in a statement yesterday.

"While MyCiTi provides a scheduled, dedicated route service, metered taxis provide an important last step in the public transport link in terms of a unique 'last mile home service'."

The Heerengragt plot is the preferred alternative, although two other options are on the northbound kerbside of Heerengragt Service Road, facing Table Bay, and on Old Marine Drive, opposite the railway station.

The city said the new arrangement offered significant benefits. While the catchment area for clients was similar, increased use would hopefully result from great public use, a better environment for pedestrians and passengers, and closer proximity to hotels.

The new MyCiTi route is part of expansion plans to run the service to and from the CBD, Woodstock and Salt River.

The Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater held several public meetings last month to allow residents to express views on the bus routes, the design of bus stops, and the smaller buses which will operate on narrower roads, like those in Woodstock and University Estate.

MyCiTi buses currently operate in the CBD, to Cape Town International Airport and to suburbs along the R27 trunk route, as far as the West Coast Village shopping mall in West Beach.

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Old September 10th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #2256
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Adderley Street taxis to make way for MyCiTi routes
10 SEPTEMBER 2012

The metered taxi rank in Adderley Street is to be relocated - probably to a plot in the Heerengragt Service Road, opposite Pier Place - to make way for the new MyCiTi routes.

MyCiTi buses will begin running a new service through the CBD in November.

To free up space for the kerbside stops, 13 metered taxi ranks facing Table Bay, as well as three facing Table Mountain, will be relocated.

They are situated in Adderley Street, between Riebeeck Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue.

"The city believes metered taxis are an important part of the transport system, and will benefit from the additional number of people using MyCiTi and public transport," the city said in a statement yesterday.

"While MyCiTi provides a scheduled, dedicated route service, metered taxis provide an important last step in the public transport link in terms of a unique 'last mile home service'."

The Heerengragt plot is the preferred alternative, although two other options are on the northbound kerbside of Heerengragt Service Road, facing Table Bay, and on Old Marine Drive, opposite the railway station.

The city said the new arrangement offered significant benefits. While the catchment area for clients was similar, increased use would hopefully result from great public use, a better environment for pedestrians and passengers, and closer proximity to hotels.

The new MyCiTi route is part of expansion plans to run the service to and from the CBD, Woodstock and Salt River.

The Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater held several public meetings last month to allow residents to express views on the bus routes, the design of bus stops, and the smaller buses which will operate on narrower roads, like those in Woodstock and University Estate.

MyCiTi buses currently operate in the CBD, to Cape Town International Airport and to suburbs along the R27 trunk route, as far as the West Coast Village shopping mall in West Beach.

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If there are no delays hopefully this means I can have a functioning CBD bus service on my doorstep .

Will be sad to see the metered taxis go tho, they are very conveniently placed for me.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #2257
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Guys: does anyone know when the service to Sea Point/Camps Bay will be up and running?
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Old September 11th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #2258
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Guys: does anyone know when the service to Sea Point/Camps Bay will be up and running?
I'm guessing we'd be lucky to get it first quarter next year
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Old September 12th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #2259
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Oh that is a shame. Why so long?
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Oh that is a shame. Why so long?
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