Cape Town unveils 2032 transport plan

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
Complete ITPN 2030 plan

The complete Integrated Public Transport Plan for 2032


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

The proposed centre in Philippi would be off of Landsdowne road, in between New Eisleben and Stock roads.


Additional proposed rail lines.


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There are 14 comments

  1. Rayan Slim

    Sounds great, except for training mini-van drivers to become bus drivers. That part sounds like a bad idea.

  2. Don

    So my fears have been realised…all it means is that this modern futuristic plan only includes bus and rail integration…I’m sorry to say although good for locals, it does not provide a competitive or original infrastructure innovative future design including a truly world class integration system like other world cities comprising of bus, rail, undergound metro, tram etc. Also, any major international airport has a bus, rail, underground or monorail system to get to the city centre and beyond.There seems to also be no plans for a world class bridge to Blouberg side alongside which can also perhaps include rail along such a crossing. What about a tram link to the new proposed Voortrekker corridor? 18 years just to wait for a Mycitybus extention and two new rail links?

  3. Guest

    Those red routes look extremely random and don’t follow movement patterns. Does this 2032 plan include Golden Arrow Bus services, which offer more direct routes to ones destination?

    1. Rouen Smit

      That map excludes Feeder services. I believe Golden Arrow is being phased out. But the phased out routes should be replaced by MyCiTi buses – be it Trunk (in special pink roads) or Feeders (on normal roads).

  4. Darin

    Where is Wescape in this scheme? I thought that Wescape was planned to accommodate 800,000 people? It is supposed to be a green development so I would presume that public transport would be at the top of their list of priorities in their master plan, before planning to build massive apartment blocks/medium density housing.

  5. Darin

    I agree completely with Don. Why are there no rail links (underground or overground)to also help alleviate the massive problem of too much focus into the City Bowl? The North-South Axis takes precedence over any East-West potential of connection (particularly in the Southern Suburbs). Over such a long term period should we not think about create new CBD’s in other parts like Claremont, Wynberg and various other new, smaller centres that are starting to develop? Not only would this free up the massive cost of developments only happening in the city bowls but would also result in a more integrated city that reverses the planning that was implemented during the Apartheid years. This is a missed opportunity to create a more integrated city that actually does “Work for You”.

    1. Wesley

      When i asked, they gave the lame excuse of CT being on the water line. Yet somehow, other countries are able to have metro systems and they are on the water line.

      MagLev/Skytrain would be a good option…?

    2. Jannie Kirsten

      Well, the VRCID seems to hope to regenerate Bellville and there are several concepts of how this area could help reduce City Bowl over-saturation. The Southern Suburbs are specifically left to develop themselves (the resources are already there, it just needs private initiative), and government would rather develop there where the private sector isn’t strong enough to do so. There are many problems with this strategy, but there are problems with any strategy. Hopefully people will start realising that individual attitudes need to change before government action will. Chicken-egg-vibes.

  6. Harry Valentine

    How about a bus through-route . . . . Wynberg (or Claremont) – Lansdowne – Mitchell’s Plain – Symphony Way – Bellvile

  7. Amit Makan

    How about a route from Steenberg to the City, to encourage motorists not to take their cars, and minimise traffic congestion on the M3?

  8. Wesley

    Why can places like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles have metro systems (subway, monorail, skytrain etc), and we can not? I was told it is because CT is on the water line.

    1. trumpi

      Yes, I believe that the reason is something like this. The geology does not support deep level tunnelling, or the cost would be too high.

  9. justice for all

    Cape Town as so many SAfrican cities are poverty stricken with more than 40 percent people unemployed. How this will work is a miracle to be seen. Safety and violence is endemic in Africa and until there is a new citizens contract in which all are valued ,this is but a pipe dream for urban developers and city planners.Stop dreaming and start delivering.By the way an ANC majority will never devolve control of rail to a city.You are deceiving your voters about something you know will never be approved by an ANC corrupt oligarchy.

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