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Friday Aug 19, 2011

Committee formed to streamline Cape Town transport services

An integrated transport committee, headed by the City of Cape Town, hopes to streamline the city's public transport sector.

The Intermodal Planning Committee, the establishment of which is required in terms of the National Land Transport Act, is set to meet in October. This act stipulates that all municipalities with large public transport networks must establish such committees.

A report before the mayoral committee (Mayco) this week detailed the functions of the committee, which will feature representatives from the city and the national and provincial departments of transport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will also be represented.

The committee will discuss the roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service and aim for improvements to rail passenger services.

The committee's mandate will be to advise the city on "planning, implementation and the operation of transport" in Cape Town.

Earlier this year, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that municipalities would soon have regulatory powers over the bus and rail services. Municipalities would deal directly with the subsidies for these services.

The new committee will also help "integrate taxi services into the formal bus sector".

One of the committee's tasks will be to oversee the shift of the Golden Arrow Bus contract from the provincial government to the city.

The committee will also develop an integrated transport plan.

Also in Mayco yesterday, its member for transport, Brett Herron, released a progress report for the MyCiTi service. He said there were about 9 000 trips each weekday and 5 000 over weekends.

The off-peak traffic was increasing, and the "public uptake was encouraging".

The city has stated that it is working towards an integrated transport service.

Cape Argus


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