The improvement of public transport is one of eight key strategic focus areas identified by the City of Cape Town in its Integrated Development Plan for achieving its long-term vision and developmental goals. Public transport plays a vital role in providing all citizens and visitors with access to opportunities and facilities, whether for economic, education, health, recreation or social purposes.

Since 2007 the City has been working on the first phase of an Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system in Cape Town, aimed at significantly improving public transport in the City. It emphasises the need for integration with other modes, especially rail, the backbone of public transport in Cape Town.

The City is implementing the MyCiTi service in phases. The first elements of the system enabled the City to meet the public transport requirements for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This service consisted of an events service to the Cape Town Stadium, a service to the Airport and a temporary service around the inner city.

In May 2011, the first network was launched. This consisted of a route between the Civic Centre station in central Cape Town and Table View; temporary services around the residential areas of Table View, Blaauwberg and Parklands, connecting to the main route; and a connecting temporary route around the central city.

In early 2013, a route between Salt River railway station and the central city was launched, serving the historic Walmer Estate and District Six areas, with services in Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof, Sea Point, Camps Bay, and Hout Bay following.

New routes have been extended to areas north of the central city, including Atlantis, Dunoon and Joe Slovo Park, the industrial area of Montague Gardens, and the seaside suburb Melkbosstrand.

The second phase will provide a more extensive service to the southeast parts of the city, including Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, to destinations across the peninsula. The third phase will include Belville, Delft, the rest of the northern suburbs and Stellenbosch, and the fourth phase the Greater Helderberg area.

The full system is expected to take about 20 years to implement, with each phase being built as funds become available. Most of the funding comes the National Department of Transport’s Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Grant, with the balance funded by the City.

The aim is to eventually build a reliable, safe and cost-effective transport network within 500m of 75% of the homes in the city.

Cape Town
18 February 2020