March 07, 2013
Cape Town bus routes: MyCiTi now servicing Walmer Estate and Salt River
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
There are many ways to get around in Cape Town, and catching the bus is just one of them. The City of Cape Town's MyCiTi bus service has been operating for a few years now, and continues to expand to new areas of the city, and outlying suburbs.
This week, a new route was added to the MyCiTi service. Starting from the Salt River train station, the route goes past the Salt River Circle, along Roodebloem Road in Woodstock, through Zonnebloem and past the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It then continues past the Castle of Good Hope, which is a great stop for those looking for some history of the Cape. Nearby is the Grand Parade and City Hall, where you can visit a busy fleamarket. The route also passes the District Six Museum, where you can learn more about the vibrant community that was forcibly removed to the city’s periphery during apartheid. The bus then heads for the Civic Centre station, the main hub for MyCiTi buses, where you can join up with other routes and head for Table View, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium or even the airport.
A trip on residential routes, such as those through Salt River, Walmer Estate and Woodstock, costs R5.30, and a trip on the main route between Civic Centre station and Table View costs R10.60. The shorter, R5.30 trips are free when travelled in conjunction with the main route. The service operates every 20 minutes in peak travel periods, and every 30 minutes in off-peak periods.
You'll need to get a myconnect card in order to use any of the MyCiTi routes (besides the airport link). They cost R23 and are available from the Civic Centre station. No card, no ride! Cards can be easily topped up from a number of participating retailers.
This route sees brand new, nine-metre buses being used for the first time. These smaller buses are ideally suited to mixed traffic and narrow roads, such as those in Woodstock and District Six. These low-floor buses ensure easy access for all, including the elderly, wheelchair users and those with luggage and prams. They accommodate 25 passengers seated, 25 standing and include space for wheelchairs and bicycles.
For timetables and further enquiries, call the Transport Management Centre on 0800 65 64 63, visit the MyCiTi website at www.myciti.org.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org follow MyCiTi on Twitter @MyCiTiBus.