#TransportMonth: 3 ways Cape Town plans to integrate its transport system

Other South African cities might just be forced to look up to Cape Town when it comes to a sustainable and integrated transport system.

The City of Cape Town’s Council has adopted the City’s Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) Business Plan which proposes significant involvement of the minibus-taxi industry in future MyCiTi service roll-outs.

The plan also outlines a long-term financial and fiscal sustainability and integration of innovative information technology to the transport system. Here are three ways the city plans to implement these ideas:

1. Modernising the mini-bus taxi system

Many will agree that South Africa’s mini-bus taxi system needs a major re-haul and upgrade in systems. The IPTN plan has also acknowledged this and identifies the minibus-taxi industry as pivotal in establishing a fully integrated public transport system in Cape Town. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron said: “In fact, we foresee that by formalising and modernising the minibus-taxi industry, the operators will become our partners in transforming the method and ease of commuting in Cape Town. As such, the IPTN Business Plan states that minibus-taxis will provide on-demand services in future MyCiTi service roll-outs and transport commuters to stations and stops from where commuters can transfer to a MyCiTi trunk route which operates on dedicated right-of-way red roads.” The City has realised that removing the mini-bus taxi from its routes will not be sustainable in future and therefore any infrastructure designed around the MyCiTi needs to facilitate transfers to mini-bus taxi routes.

 

2. Integrating innovative information technology within the transport system

IPTN Plan takes into account the emerging information technology services that are revolutionising public transport across the world. This technology would enable tracking of all public transport vehicles in real time through a single system. Mobile device applications can also be developed to enable a user to see a route, mode and price options in real time, including details of transfers between modes and total trip time options. It also allows users to track, in real time, the vehicle they need to catch so that they can get to the required station or stop on time.

 

3. Integrating a new generation fare system across all modes of transport

In future, the plan is set to create a cost-effective fare system that can be integrated across all modes of transport including mini-bus taxis. Through e-hailing, minibus-taxi operators will benefit from lower costs, less congestion, and increased passenger numbers. The commuters will also benefit because an integrated system makes it easier to travel across different modes of transport. Over time the aim of the plan is to improve the integration between all scheduled public transport services such as the MyCiTi service, rail, other quality bus services, and minibus-taxis, and to create demand-responsive services.

This plan aims to push the transition from private to public transport in the Western Cape in the future.

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Caxton Central

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