Recently revealed to be the most congested city in South Africa, Cape Town has some work to do when it comes to assisting its citizens in getting in and around the Mother City. Looking ahead into the city’s future makes the task seem even more difficult, with the population expected to grow by as much as 37% to 5.6 million people in the next 18 years.
Yet according to Cape Town’s executive mayor, Patricia de Lille, Cape Town is already in the process of meeting the challenge.
As part of the Western Cape’s plan for the year 2050, the new Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) aims to offer “over 80% of Capetonians access to public transportation no more than 500 meters from their residence” by 2032. There will also be a “one ticket one timetable” system that will allow commuters to travel anywhere within the network, using any connected system of transportation while only having to pay one fare.
The plan calls for a massive bus hub to be built just outside of Philippi that will allow for an increase in the number of so-called ‘trunk routes’ – main routes where special lanes are built for the buses – in the MyCiTi bus service by ten, with an additional three routes planed for mixed traffic zones. These will combine with two new rail lines to create an integrated schedule of public transport around the city.
Mayoral committee member for transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron, said that the operational plan for the new transport service including details about the bus fleet size, frequency of services and the exact location of stops and stations, would be finalised within the next 10 months.
Details of the proposed new routes for both the MyCiTi buses as well as the train service and location for the bus hub in Philippi are available on the Future Cape Town website.[Image – MyCiTi]