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Monday Nov 04, 2013

Cape Town launches new bus routes

The City of Cape Town launched new MyCiTi bus routes in Melkbosstrand, Sea Point, Oranjezicht and Vredehoek over the weekend, which means fewer buses and minibus taxis will operate in some of these areas.

The MyCiTi Queens Beach station was officially launched in Sea Point yesterday.

The Camps Bay station is set to be launched at the end of the month.

Yesterday mayoral committee for transport, roads and stormwater Brett Herron set out on a MyCiTi bus from Queens Station outside the President Hotel in Sea Point to mark the official launch of the new routes.

He acknowledged the minibus taxis and Golden Arrow Bus Service for their co-operation.

He said that over the next few weeks taxis and buses along major transport routes in these areas would cease to operate.

In a pamphlet the city said that people needed to note that, as from the weekend past, the following services would no longer be available:
32 minibus taxis serving Vredehoek and Oranjezicht.

133 minibus taxis serving Beach Road and High Level Road in Sea Point.

Golden Arrow bus services from the V&A Waterfront to central Cape Town.

Golden Arrow bus service on Beach Road, Sea Point.

The city had negotiated with minibus taxi associations and bus services, which had agreed to make way for the MyCiTi buses.

This week passengers commuting along the newly launched routes can get free myconnect cards, but will need to load an initial R30 on to the card.

Herron has encouraged people not to drive and park in roads and areas reserved for MyCiTi buses.

Commuters with prams, wheelchairs and bicycles and those with disabilities can also use the buses.

Sea Point residents have welcomed the introduction of the MyCiTi buses.

David Lazarus, of the Sea Point Ratepayers' Association said they had not had any complaints.

'We are delighted and relieved that the MyCiTi network has finally reached us... since they've done the roll-out in Table View it's evident that it's going to be highly efficient.'

Ward councillor for the Atlantic Seaboard, Beverley Schafer, said the construction phase had been difficult and frustrating.

'We've been waiting a long time for the buses and we're happy that it's happening as the summer season starts,' she added.

To get a free myconnect card by Friday, passengers will be asked to produce an ID. Foreigners must provide a passport. For more information on routes, timetables and fares call the city's Transport Information Centre tollfree, 24 hours a day, on 0800 65 64 63 or visit www.myciti.org.za

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