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MyCiTi West Coast service gets into gear, at last

May 9, 2011

The City of Cape Town today officially launched the MyCiTi West Coast service, to – it has to be said – very little fanfare. I didn’t catch the news tonight, but I’ve found few articles online. The City should sack their PR people. Seriously.

An express service between Table View and the Civic Centre has commenced for testing purposes. Commuters got their first taste this morning. On Saturday, the entire West Coast trunk route between Table View and the CBD will be open, with buses calling at all stations. The temporary Gardens – Waterfront – Civic Centre inner city route will go live on the same day. West Coast feeder services – in Big Bay, Table View, Parklands and Blaauwberg – will begin operating the following Saturday (21 May).

A Cape Town International Airport – Civic Centre route has been on the go for months. For maps and more information, visit the City’s official IRT site here.


The central IRT station at the monolithic Civic Centre

To summarise the business plan: the City owns the infrastructure, while private companies run the actual service. The three companies involved are Transpeninsula (made up of inner city taxi associations), Golden Arrow and Kidrogen (made up of West Coast taxi associations and Sibanye).

Branding and delays aside, West Coast commuters, what do you think? Any comments? Preferably none from the inherently negative private ownership brigade please.

From my side, as soon as I get a taste of the inner city loops, I will report back.

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