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Old March 15th, 2017, 10:18 AM   #2761
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Superb. Thanks Mo. Definitely good news then. It'll be nice to have genuine realtime display of next arrival/departure rather than the current stuff which just displays the next one on the timetable (although that is most definitely better than nothing).

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Old April 3rd, 2017, 04:50 AM   #2762
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MyCiti to be rolled out to more Capetonians

The MyCiTi bus route along the Lansdowne-Wetton corridor will be fully operational in the next five years, says the City of Cape Town.

Once it is fully rolled out, it is expected to benefit about 1.4million residents from the outskirts of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to the urban centres of Wynberg and Claremont.

But commuters would need to find alternative transport should they wish to travel to the Cape Town CBD from Wynberg and Claremont.

The MyCiTi station to be built on the corner of Govan Mbeki and New Eisleben roads in Philippi East will be larger than the civic centre station in the Cape Town CBD.

“Some of the roadworks in preparation of the roll-out of Phase A and other future phases have commenced along Strandfontein Road and Stock Road recently. However, it will take five years to get Phase 2A fully operational."

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afri...onians-8349548
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 01:18 PM   #2763
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Great news. Can't wait till this is finished. So this will effectively be completed in 2022/2023. Then hopefully the next phase will be for the Northern Suburbs for 2024 onwards?
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Old April 28th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #2764
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MyCiTi to have five new routes by 2032

New MyCiTi routes and a rail corridor, expected to cater for five times the number of current passengers, have been identified and prioritised across the metro.

The National Treasury has allocated R1.4 billion and R1.6 bn respectively for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years to the City for the provision of public transport infrastructure.

At a recent council meeting, the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) prioritised the roll-out of five new MyCiTi corridor routes, expected to be completed by 2032.

They are Wynberg and Khayelitsha; Mitchells Plain and Claremont; Khayelitsha and Century City; Klipfontein Road corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and the CBD; and Symphony Way corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and Durbanville.

In addition to this, the Blue Downs rail corridor – a rail link of about 9km between Nolungile station in Khayelitsha and the Kuils River station, with three new stations in between, including Mfuleni, Blue Downs and Wimbledon, will be designed and built by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron said.

The IPTN plan also includes other modes of public transport like new rail corridors, park-and-ride facilities at railway stations and the upgrading of existing public transport interchanges.

Read more: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afri...y-2032-8850833
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Old June 1st, 2017, 03:14 AM   #2765
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Cape Town to introduce free MyCiti bus rides for job seekers

Looking for work can be immensely frustrating in sprawling cities. Getting to interviews if you live far away can be a costly challenge.

The City of Cape Town, however, is trying to do what it can to make it easier for people looking for work.

Patricia de Lille allocated R6.6-million to subsidise free bus rides on the MyCiti service while tabling the city’s R44.3-billion budget on Tuesday.

“The city has made provision for up to R6.6-million to pay for and subsidise bus rides on the MyCiTi service for unemployed people in Cape Town‚” she said.

This is being done to “to enable jobseekers to access opportunities easier” because “many people give up looking for work because travel costs are a barrier”.

The subsidy will be implemented at the end of September and apply to commuters who travel on the MyCity service between 10:00 and 15:30 and who use the MyCiti myconnect card. All trips will be free of charge.

“This is specifically aimed at job seekers and is another contribution from the city to creating an enabling environment for economic growth‚” said De Lille.

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cape...r-job-seekers/
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Old June 27th, 2017, 08:08 AM   #2766
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Connect to free WiFi on these buses

MyCiTi is encouraging passengers to make use of the free high-speed WiFi service that is currently available on some buses as part of a pilot project. By going online to check your email, catch up on social media and access other online material you can help MyCiTi to refine the WiFi service and prepare for a full roll-out to the rest of our fleet.

Free WiFi is available on 10 buses. Look out for the “WiFi available here” signs on buses with the following numbers – D110, D120, D130, D140, D150, D322, D336, D352, D362 and D383.

You will receive 50MB of data free every day to use from any WiFi enabled device, such as your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. You will also be able to access other content, including the latest news and weather over and above the daily limit.

If you reach your daily limit, you can easily purchase more data using a credit card or if you have an existing internet account that offers access to public WiFi hotpots, including AlwaysOn, G-Connect and Mweb, you can simply login to access your additional data.

To connect to WiFi on these buses, enable WiFi on your device, connect to “Vast”, and choose “Complimentary Access”. You will need to complete a short registration form the first time you access the WiFi.

https://myciti.org.za/en/about/media...n-these-buses/
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Old September 4th, 2017, 07:32 AM   #2767
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Cape Town City's transport plans explained: Plans to take over Golden Arrow

Mayco member Brett Herron outlines the steps the City is taking to streamline and improve Cape Towns integrated transport system.

He explains the rolling out of phase two of MyCiti and lessons learned from the first phase. Replacing the entire public transport system with MyCity is not financially sustainable.

The City also plans to take over and manage the Golden Arrow contract, to rebrand and recapitalise that service.

The plan is to rebrand Golden Arrow buses with MyCiti.

The City has written to new transport minister to continue with the agreement that has been in the works.

Listen to the interview here: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/2...r-golden-arrow
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Old September 5th, 2017, 11:41 AM   #2768
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That is a very very smart move!
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Old September 5th, 2017, 01:10 PM   #2769
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That is a very very smart move!
Depends how they manage it though.

Its a senseless move if the services stay as is. I remember when Myciti was started that the hype was that it would be high-quality public transport for everybody- Rich, poor, locals, tourists etc - as a way to reduce congestion in addition to providing services for the population.

If this just a rebranding exercise with no increase in quality then it can put people off the myciti service for good and then there won't be the potential to reduce congestion
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Old September 5th, 2017, 04:34 PM   #2770
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I don't believe the main aim of the MyCiti is to reduce congestion by removing people from their cars and into busses.

It is to improve spatial integration and access within the city. So therefore I say, the rebranding of the Golden Arrow busses and inturn the improving of the operating capacity and extent of the MyCiti service is welcomed.
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Old September 5th, 2017, 04:47 PM   #2771
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I love MyCiti but public transport in Cape Town is screwed until we fix Metrorail. It should really be declared a national disaster. 500 000 people use these trains daily and they are subjected to intense psychological and physical stress, the danger of violence, frequent delays and cancellations, and the possibility of losing their jobs.

It really shocks me how indifferent (or I guess inured) government, police, SA citizens in general are about this. The only solution I can really see is forcing all Prasa executives and the minister of transport to use Metrorail to commute. The problems will be fixed very promptly. Why are there not police in every station and train? Why are repairs not conducted 24 hours a day? Why have they not built secure warehouses to protect trains from vandalism at night? Why are staff rude and incompetent? Why have automated ticket barriers been installed for years and remain unused? And the Gautrain shows SA is perfectly capable of running a modern and effective train system...
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Old September 27th, 2017, 03:47 PM   #2772
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Watch: the first electric MyCiTi bus glides through Cape Town streets

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Nearly two years ago, we reported that the City was considering rolling-out a fleet of electric MyCiTi buses, and finally, the effort to make the transition from fuel-powered to electrically-charged vehicles is coming to fruition.

Today Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport & Urban Development, tweeted footage from Cape Town’s first electric bus.

Herron posted that is an extremely smooth ride, creating virtually zero noise. He also believes Cape Town will be the first city in Africa to use battery-powered buses for public transport.
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Old September 27th, 2017, 03:56 PM   #2773
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Nice! Great step forward for Cape Town.

But I am terrified of electric vehicles as a cyclist.. they are completely silent and very hard to notice behind you.
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Old October 9th, 2017, 04:43 AM   #2774
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Khayelitsha MyCiti commuters no longer left in dark


Khayelitsha commuters using the City of Cape Town’s MyCiti busses will no longer be left in the dark.

The city’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has commenced with the electrification of the permanent MyCiTi bus stops along the N2 Express routes in Khayelitsha, which according to the city has become increasingly popular since the Khayelitsha East route was introduced in July 2014 and the West route in 2015.

"All in all, there are 35 permanent MyCiTi bus stops along these routes, 31 of which will be provided with lighting. Seeing that Khayelitsha falls within an Eskom supply area, the city had to wait for Eskom to provide us with the necessary electricity points so that we could install lighting," said the city’s mayco member for transport and urban development Brett Herron.

The City is spending approximately R2.6m on this project, which should be completed by the end of the year if all goes as planned.

Nearly 115 000 passengers travel along the N2 Express routes between Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre each month. Our records show that on average, 3 700 commuters board the MyCiTi buses in the morning peak-hour period on weekdays. These routes are very popular and we are working hard to continually improve the service,' said Councillor Herron.

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Old October 10th, 2017, 05:15 AM   #2775
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From MyCiTi website:

MyCiTi Service Improvements

ATLANTIS

Since the launch of MyCiTi services in Atlantis in 2014, there has been a steady increase in passenger demand. In response, MyCiTi is adding several new stops, and more direct routes and express services.

Five new stops
The following new stops are being introduced
• Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve routes 235, 234, 234a and 243;
• Swift, which will serve routes 237 and 242;
• Marigold, serving routes 232, 232a and 241;
• Avondale, serving routes 232, 232a and 241; and
• Grosvenor North serving route 233.

New express service to city centre
This new express route will help cut the journey time between Atlantis and the city centre. The X02 Atlantis – Table View – Civic Centre route will travel from Atlantis station, stopping at Sandown, Porterfield and Table View stations, and then Racecourse, Woodbridge and Woodstock stations before arriving at Civic Centre station.

More stops between Atlantis and Table View
A new stop, Berkshire West, has been introduced on the T03 route, which makes it convenient for Atlantis residents to access the new Table Bay Mall.

The Brittlestar stop near Melkbosstrand will now serve both directions of travel, and there are four new stops along the R27, Koeberg Power Station, Duynefontein, Melkbosch and Birkenhead, serving the T02 and T03 routes.

A direct route from Atlantis to Century City
The T03 route from Atlantis to Omuramba via Table View will be extended to Century City, offering passengers in Atlantis a direct route without having to transfer at Omuramba. This will help people working or shopping in the busy Century City area.

EXTRA BUSES FOR KHAYELITSHA AND MITCHELLS PLAIN

Passengers can enjoy a more frequent service, with extra buses being added during peak times on the D01, D02, D03 and D04 routes. There will be buses every 5 minutes on D01 and D02, and every 12 minutes on D03 and D04 in the morning peak. Passengers in Mitchells Plain should note that some D04 buses will skip Mitchells Plain station.

CHANGES IN MELKBOSSTRAND

There will be several important changes to services in Melkbosstrand and Duynefontein.

Route 217 Table View – Big Bay – Melkbosstrand will terminate at Melkbosstrand station and no longer travel to Melkbosch Village. Route 230 – Duynefontein – Melkbosstrand will connect with the 217 route at Melkbosstrand station and continue via the Melkbosch village stop (formerly called Melkbosch) to Duynefontein. This means that passengers connecting between Table View and Duynefontein no longer need to transfer at Melkbosstrand station. Route 230 service will no longer serve the Atlantic Beach, Brittlestar and Waratah stops. Passengers can still use the Atlantic Beach and Brittlestar stops on T03. The Waratah stop will be discontinued and a new stop Birkenhead will be opened on the R27.

PEAK SERVICE LINKS PARKLANDS, DUNOON AND CBD

The expansion of the Table View and Parklands area is continuing apace, bringing with it the need for more MyCiTi routes. In response to customer feedback, a new, peak-only T01 service will be launched linking residents in Parklands with the city centre, without the need to transfer at Table View station any longer.

The new T01d Dunoon – Parklands – Civic Centre route will travel from Dunoon along Malibongwe Drive and Sandown Road into Parklands and onward to Civic Centre via Table View station. This will provide passengers in Dunoon with a shorter, more direct route to Parklands and its shopping and business hub during the peak.

Four new MyCiTi bus stops – Dartford, Morningfield, Discovery and Sandown East – have been placed along Parklands Main and Sandown roads to give the growing number of people living or working here a convenient link to the service.

More express options
Passengers using the X01 express route from Table View station to Civic Centre, via Racecourse, Woodbridge and Woodstock stations, have more options with the introduction of the X02 express route from Atlantis to Civic Centre via Table View.

https://myciti.org.za/en/about/media...-october-2017/
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Old October 14th, 2017, 04:53 AM   #2776
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Officers deployed to patrol Cape cycle lane





The City of Cape Town has embarked on an initiative to help safeguard the cycle lane that runs along the red MyCiTi bus lane between the Cape Town central business district and the MyCiTi station in Table View.

This cycle lane is very popular among cyclists, and the officers have been deployed to improve the general safety of cyclists – in particular those who prefer to cycle alone or have to use the lane after hours.

The officers are permanently deployed and work two shifts per day. They work in close collaboration with internal role-players like the Graffiti Unit, Anti- land Invasion Unit, Displaced Peoples Unit, Metro Police, Social Development Department, and Traffic Service as well as external role-players like the South African Police Service and the Immigration Department.

The cycle lane is patrolled on a daily basis from 05:30 until 21:30. Some of the officers are deployed in vehicles and others patrol the cycle lane on motorcycles.

Part of their functions involve inspecting the MyCiTi stations and acting as brand ambassadors by educating passengers and making them aware of the rules applicable to those making use of the service.

The officers use two-way radios and have direct access to the control room, camera response unit, and the vehicle operating centre. They can also communicate with each other.

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news...-lane-11559493
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