R1.4 billion has been allocated by National Treasury to the City of Cape Town this financial year for prioritised MyCiTi routes and a rail corridor.
The new transport routes are expected to cater for five times the number of passengers that currently use the the MyCiTi transport network.
The new routes were recently identified by the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) council and are Wynberg and Khayelitsha; Mitchells Plain and Claremont; Khayelitsha and Century City; Klipfontein Road corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and the CBD; and Symphony Way corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and Durbanville.
According to city mayor Patricia de Lille, the planning of these routes was in an effort to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, modernise government, improve service delivery and become more customer-centric.
In addition to these developments, Brett Herron, Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development, said the Blue Downs rail corridor will also be designed and built. This will be undertaken by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
Other modes of public transport including new rail corridors, park-and-ride facilities at railway stations and the upgrading of existing public transport interchanges are also said to be on the cards.
“We want to have the five new MyCiTi corridors fully operational by 2032,” Herron said. He added that while this may sound far off, the scale and reach of these routes is significantly bigger in comparison with the existing MyCiTi network.
The city has struggled with its transport network and has not always been able to provide adequate mobility to people living in more disadvantaged areas. This has been due an apartheid spatial planning legacy and a poor rail service.
As a result, the city said it has been working intensely on developing and implementing technologies and construction methodologies that will aid with the city’s commuter struggles.
Herron said another five MyCiTi trunk routes have been planned after 2032 and that a further R1.6 billion has been allocated by National Treasury for the 2018/19 financial year which will go towards the development of public transport infrastructure.