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Thursday Oct 17, 2013

Cape Town aims to be sole authority for transport

Cape Town is on track to roll out a comprehensive transport system across Cape Town, and is now looking at making public transport safer.

Safety on trains has been a major issue for commuters and Metrorail.

'We have set up a working group and it includes city transport, city law enforcement, the SA police, the railway police, Metrorail and province,' mayoral committee member for transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron said during a briefing on the city's plan for transport.

He said the goal was an effective transport law enforcement service for passengers on trains, buses, or on the road, all over the network.

A specialised unit for transport safety was an option.

The city is aiming to become the sole transport authority, with commuters using one ticket, one timetable and one fare system for all modes of transport.

Fares will be distance-based but Herron said this would not disadvantage poor people living on the outskirts of the city.

MyCiTi is soon to reach areas far from the city centre such as Atlantis, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Herron said the fare system had been set up in a way that the further people travelled, the less they paid per kilometre.

A one-way ticket on the MyCiTi bus from Atlantis to the CBD would cost R8.70, which Herron said was half the price people were paying on current transport.

'We recognise that if we are going to undo the legacy of apartheid and spatial planning which put poor people on the outskirts of the city - and transport is key to undoing that legacy - we have to have a fare system that does not penalise people for living far from economic opportunities,' he said.

The ultimate objective for the city as the transport authority was for all residents to have access to public transport within 500m of their homes and have a transport system active for 18 hours a day. If we are going to achieve integration of all modes, then we need one ticket and timetable for all modes.

'We will also have one fare structure, so it doesn't matter whether you start your journey on a train and end it on a MyCiTi bus.

'The fare system should calculate the distance you travel and charge you one fare for that journey,' Herron said.

The city has applied to the national government to become the authority and take over the R700 million annual Golden Arrow subsidy.

Herron said the city had also appointed experts to develop a phone application to help people calculate and plan their route and fares.

Cape Times


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