Public Transit: Permanent Bus Routes in Cape Town and Beyond
This was a good week for the team behind the MyCiTi bus system. At first, it was announced that the City of Cape Town approved 12 year contracts with various Vehicle Operating Companies that will operate the various routes and areas of services through the Phase 1 geographical area. Basically what this means, is that the City is now able to operate buses on the planned permanent routes that Capetonians have been waiting for months. Feeder bus stations have stood ready for use as this was the last ingredient needed to truly let the system go live. So over the next few weeks and/or months, we'll be seeing routes such as the Cape Town to Hout Bay, Sea Point, Vredehoek, Atlantis and Table View permanent feeder routes start operating with buses.
In fact, the first takes place in a week, on 7 September 2013, when the City implements the permanent feeder bus system in the Table View area. It might not sound exciting, as this area has had MyCiTi buses operating in the area for more than a year already. However, this will bring a big change to Table View residents and/or Capetonians travelling to the area:
1 – The big bulky Trunk buses that have operated on the interim F14, F15 and F16 routes will now be replaced by the sexier smaller Feeder buses. This means that routes will be less delayed as these buses are able to maneuver in traffic more easily compared to the Trunk buses. It also means that more Trunk buses are now available be used on the Table View – Cape Town Trunk route, which is experiencing large numbers of commuters.
2 – New permanent routes throughout the Table View area. This means that the F14, F15 and F16 no longer exists and will be replaced by the 213, 214, 215 and 216 routes, as you can see below.
We can only hope that the rest of the MyCiTi feeder routes for the Phase 1 gets buses as soon as possible.
Click here for more details on the Table View MyCiTi changes.