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Cape Town - The city is on track to roll out eight new MyCiTi routes in the coming weeks, including those in the City Bowl and to Melkbosstrand, Camps Bay, and the V&A Waterfront.
New routes are to be introduced to Melkbosstrand, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, the Waterfront, City Bowl, Sea Point, Camps Bay and Century City next month.
While the city could fall behind on two new major routes - the N2 Express from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, intended to be launched in December - it was all systems go for the November roll-outs, the mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, said.
The new routes are to take passengers from Century City to Montague Gardens. The Waterfront Silo routes will connect to Camps Bay and the Civic Centre, while the Sea Point route will connect commuters to the Waterfront, Fresnaye and the Civic Centre.
The city proposes to waive the R25 cost of the MyConnect card that commuters need to use the service.
If the council approves the proposal this week, the cost of the card will be waived to ensure that all commuters, especially the poor, have access to the card.
Passengers will, however, need to load money on the card to pay for their journeys.
Herron said all the November routes were ready to “go live” and that there were no glitches hindering their launch.
Eighty-three buses will be in operation by this weekend, and the number is to be increased to 107 by the end of next month.
Herron said the City of CapeTown had acquired all the buses needed for the new routes.
“There will be more than 400 buses operating by the time we complete Phase 1,” he said.
“All of the buses for Phase 1A, Phase 1B and N2 Express have been procured. They have not yet all been delivered - we expect the start of the N2 Express delivery to take place during December.”
Major routes for Atlantis, Dunoon and Hout Bay are to be launched in the first quarter of next year.
The Atlantis MyCiTi service is to run to Table View, then to the Civic Centre.
The Dunoon service will also run through Table View and to the Civic Centre.
The Melkbosstrand route will connect passengers to Atlantis.
Another Melkbosstrand route will go to Big Bay, Table View and Parklands.
The Hout Bay routes will run from Hangberg or Imizamo Yethu to Sea Point and then to the Civic Centre.