Cape Town launches new transport authority

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Public transport buses drive past City Hall during a procession to launch the new transport authority
Street Procession

Traffic came to a standstill in Cape Town shortly after the noon gun blast yesterday as the city launched its new transport authority, Transport for Cape Town (CTC) with a street procession of buses, taxis, motor bikers, cyclists and the Cape Minstrels, of course.

CTC aims to bring the city’s public transport network under one management system, with a single contracting authority.

It also intends to introduce a single timetable, ticket and communication system for all public transport.

“This network will link the various modes of transport in this city into one system.

"That means one authority for taxis, buses and trains.

"It means improved connections for people along most major routes, without over-servicing of some routes and under-servicing of others.

"It means greater safety measures and better facilities across the board,” Mayor Patricia de Lille said at the launch.

De Lille said Cape Town was the first metro to begin implementing an integrated public transport system following the National Land Transport Act of 2009 having recognised that local governments should be responsible of transport.

The launch was attended by National Transport Minister Ben Martins who said his department was looking forward to the new transport authority starting its work without delay.

“We will continue to work together with the City of Cape Town and the provincial government to ensure that the transport authority succeeds in all its endeavours,” he said.

Cape Town MMC for Transport, Roads and Stormwater Brett Herron said the intention was to create a multimodal public transport service which would be accessible for nearly every person within 500m of their home.

“A lot of work has been done already. Significantly, last month our council approved the city’s application to national government for the assignment of the subsidised bus services contracting authority function.

"We are in the process of finalising a business plan to support our application for the assignment of the operating licence function, the MRE [Municipal Regulating Entity].

"Our due diligence study into commuter rail operations and the rail subsidy has [also] commenced,” he said.

The MyCiTi bus rapid transit project is also making progress with a new business plan being taken to council at the end of October for approval of the expansion of the service into Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain, among other new areas.

The rollout of CTC’s plans will take five years.

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