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Thursday Oct 20, 2011

MyCiTi on 'fast-track' to Atlantis, Dunoon

Cape Town's mayoral committee has given the green light to "fast-track" the next phase of Cape Town's Integrated Rapid Transit system in Dunoon and Atlantis. And the city's transport department is already discussing the design of stations, along with detailed routes.

Brett Herron, city mayoral committee member for transport, told the committee yesterday that plans to launch the system in 2013 were on track. He said the department was acquiring land, discussing station design and conducting route research.

A department report requested the authority to proceed with projects to "fasttrack" the implementation of the system along parts of the West Coast.

"This will take us toward rolling out in 2013," said Herron, who earlier this month said the trunk stations at Atlantis and Dunoon would be complete by mid-2013.

The MyCiTi route between Table View and the city centre was launched in May, followed shortly afterwards by the feeder services in Table View and the inner city.

On average, about 9 000 passengers use the service daily, and this month the service welcomed its millionth passenger. Apart from the services in Atlantis and Dunoon, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha express routes are also expected to start operating in 2013.

The transport department will give the city council regular updates on the progress of the roll-out.

Herron also said that the compensation model for minibus operators along MyCiTi routes was also on track, after a minor change to its business plan.

The compensation model previously stated that the payout would be measured according to "average" profits. It will now be measured according to "fare revenue".

He said the change would provide for more "accurate" market share.

Herron added that the national Department of Transport had also studied the city's compensation model, describing it as "an example for the rest of the country".

The taxi operators will be compensated for loss of business as a result of the introduction of the MyCiTi service.

It is estimated that about 700 individual taxi operators were affected during Phase 1a of the system.

Some of those include the Peninsula, Vredehoek/Devils Peak and Central Unity taxi associations.

Final compensation offers are due to be presented to the taxi associations in December.

Cape Argus


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