Atlantic Seaboard next for MyCiTi roll-out

Taken from capetimes.co.za:

Babalo Ndenze Metro Writer

COMMUTERS living in Hout Bay, Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and Llandudno are next in line for the city’s MyCiTi roll-out, with 200 stations to be constructed along the route, starting this month.

MyCiTi is to replace Golden Arrow’s bus service on the route.

The nine permanent feeder routes which will be introduced into the city’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) network by June next year will ensure that no one has to walk more than a few minutes to the nearest stop.

The city will also build a feeder station in Adderley Street in the city centre.

These developments are part of the first phase of the IRT system.

“Construction starts this month of all the stops. Service will start running towards the middle of next year. There will be temporary stops while the permanent stops are being built,” said city spokeswoman Kylie Hatton.

This feeder service is expected to benefit thousands of residents of the Hout Bay area who have not had a regular public transport service.

The service along the Atlantic Seaboard will run from Lower Marlin Crescent in Hout Bay, past Imizamo Yethu, Clifton’s 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st beaches and Bantry Bay, stopping at the Queens Beach feeder station, from where commuters will be able to connect to the Cape Town Stadium, V&A Waterfront and Gardens feeder routes.

“The stations will be roughly 500m apart and this will go a long way to

making Cape Town more public transport and pedestrian friendly. The routes should be going live in June 2012.

“Construction starts now and it will take about two years for all stops to be completed,” Hatton said. She said the tender for the fleet of 200 buses had already closed.

Hatton said the operating hours for the feeder service would be similar to the operating hours at the beginning of the first phase.

“We may extend the operations on weekends and on important event dates. Adderley Street is going to have one of our larger stations. It will be more like an extended station and will be situated close to the railway station,” Hatton said.

The City of Cape Town is also planning on permanently closing off parts of Old Marine Drive near the Civic Centre, with plans to convert the area into a public transport precinct.

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