One of the City of Cape Town’s core objectives is to build an inclusive city where the legacy of our past is undone through linking people with opportunities and by creating an economically enabling environment for investment and job creation.
-Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s Executive Mayor
Last week, the City of Cape Town revealed its new urban transport plan during its Transport for Cape Town Portfolio Committee. The proposed plan aims to install a citywide transportation network by 2032, where various methods of public transportation will be joined together to form a seamless system. Called the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN), the city aims to offer “over 80% of Capetonians access to public transportation no more than 500 meters from their residence”. The long-term objective of the IPTN is to establish the “One ticket One Timetable” system where customers are not forced to buy multiple fares if they switch methods during the process of their journey.
The 2032 Plan Includes:
- Hub: A new major bus hub in Philippi, larger than the one at the Civic Centre
- Routes: Introduction of 10 new MyCiTi trunk routes, with three additional routes to operate in mixed traffic lanes
- Single far: The creation of a unified transportation network that bridges all methods of transportation into a single fare and schedule
- Rail links: Two new l rail lines
The city’s 2032 Integrated Plan is part of the Western Cape’s plan for 2050 that aims to achieve a fully integrated and safe public transportation network that is extended to both rural and urban residents while utilizing new technology. The push for a better method of transportation both within the city as well as to and from its suburbs comes during a time when Cape Town is expected to grow by 1.5 million residents by 2032. The recommended integrated transportation plan involves a much more comprehensive and inclusive public transportation system for the majority of Capetonians. Analysis on the current state of transportation in Cape Town indicated the need for a decrease in congestion, particularly during peak periods when residents rely on cars and shared minivans to get to and from work.
New routes include:
- Gordon’s Bay – Strand – Khayelitsha—Mitchell’s Plain – Strandfontien – Steenberg—Retreat
- Wynberg – Landsdowne— Khayelitsha
- Claremont – Landsdowne – Mitchell’s Plain
- Mitchell’s Plain—Symphony Way—Bellville – Durbanville
- Westlake – Retreat – Hanover Park – Epping – Parow – Bellville
- Strandfontien – Pelikan Park – Athlone – Pinelands – Maitland – CBD
- Eersterivier – Blue Downs – Delft—Parow – Monte Vista – Bothasig – Parklands – Big Bay
- Khayelitsha – Klipfontein – Epping – Maitland – Century City
- Wallacedene – Durbanville – Bellville – Parow – Century City
By introducing many of new MyCiTi routes and schedules the plan aims to significantly decrease the need to rely on private vehicles as well as public informal methods of transportation, called un-scheduled services. For instance, the routes aim to decrease the need for informal services down to 20% of total roadway use. In order to partially compensate this shift from minivan use, the city has committed to training approximately 100 minibus taxi drivers to become MyCiTi operators so that they do not lose their jobs as a result of the expanding public system. The city will also pay for Adult Basic Education Training for many of the drivers who do not qualify for training. The document, titled “Development of a City Wide 2032 Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) Plan” can be found here.
The Basics in Numbers:
- 18 years: how long the Public Transport Plan will be in effect
- 5.6 million people: the population of Cape Town by 2032
- 46%: The expected increase in morning rush-hour traffic by the year 2032
- R2,920,000: the price it will cost to train 100 minivan drivers to become MyCiTi bus conductors
- 80%: the expected percentage of Capetonians who will live within 500 meters of a public transportation route by 2032
The number of buses that will run on trunk routes:
- Approximately 88 trunk buses have been allocated to the T11 trunk route between Khayelitsha and Wynberg (Phase 2A) and passengers can expect a bus every 90 seconds during the morning peak-hour period
- Approximately 67 trunk buses have been allocated to the T12 trunk route between Mitchells Plain and Claremont (Phase 2A) and passengers can expect a bus every 90 seconds during the morning peak-hour period
- Approximately 140 buses will operate on the proposed trunk route between Wallacedene, Durbanville, Bellville, Parow and Century City and passengers can expect a bus every 60 seconds during the morning peak-hour period.
Another purpose of the operations plan is to indicate the projected passenger demand on each of the trunk routes by 2032. As such, it is projected that by 2032 on the T01 trunk route from Dunoon to the Civic Centre station:
- Up to 1 421 commuters will board the MyCiTi buses at the Dunoon station during the morning peak-hour period
- Close to a maximum of 3 000 on-board passengers per hour will be accommodated on this service
- Commuters can expect a bus approximately every 2,5 minutes during the morning peak-hour period