Cape Town upgrades public transport system

The City of Cape Town will be upgrading and expanding its public transport interchanges (PTIs) over the next five years, to accommodate the growth in demand for access and mobility across the city. There will be a specific focus on 25 interchanges, with the improvements costing around R321m.

This improvement programme forms part of the City’s Mobility Strategy, which supports the development of a balanced transport system. It focuses on all elements of our transport system: rail, bus, taxi, cycling, pedestrians, parking management, freight, traffic managements, information and data.

“Our proposed upgrades will ensure that transport is accessible and inclusive, providing links between the communities and employment, education, health, community services and other services. Additionally, we want to ensure that they become interesting social spaces and lively parts of the City,” said Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater.

The City of Cape Town currently has over 213 Public Interchanges of different sizes and functionality. These facilities are located along the rail and road based public transport network where commuters can change between different types of transportation. In this regard, an interchange is defined as a place where transport services meet.

“Over 54% of our commuters depend on public transport, whether by road or trains. As a result, most of the public transport interchanges are overcrowded due to growth in demand over the past years. They need to be expanded urgently,” said Councillor Herron.

The 25 projects including Park-and-Ride facilities at five interchanges to be implemented over the next five years are in various stages of development across the City.  A number of the projects are currently in design, tender and under construction. Upgrades are scheduled at the following interchanges: Cape Town CBD, Mitchells Plain, Lentegeur, Du Noon, Retreat, Wynberg, Bellville, Nyanga.

With new interchange projects scheduled for: Kuyasa, Bayside, Somerset West, Imizamo Yethu, Masiphumelele, Nomzamo, Samora Machel, Scottsdene, Wallacedene, Makhaza, Nolungile, Macassar, Durbanville, and Vryground.

A number of interventions which vary from creation of new facilities to upgrades of existing facilities in order to meet increases in demand will be investigated to ensure integrated precinct developments. Precinct developments include provision of signage, CCTV and Surveillance facilities, lighting, landscaping, integration of trading facilities, and health facilities.

“We are working towards an integrated transport network for the City where the various modes connect seamlessly in a commuter-focused way. The provision of dignified and safe transport hubs is an essential component of an integrated transport system and the planned upgrade and development of these PTIs will support our promotion and prioritisation of public transport over private car usage”.

“It should be noted that once the process for acquiring professional service providers and additional capacity is completed, the affected Subcouncils, Ward Councillors and affected communities will be consulted on the design and plan for the facilities,” said Councillor Herron.
The City will pay particular attention to the safety of commuters at these interchanges, through the deployment of a dedicated law enforcement unit for public transport. A tender will be issued for service providers to keep these environments clean, while there will also be on-going maintenance of the interchanges to prevent vandalism.

This article is based on a press release by the City of Cape Town

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