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November 12, 2009

Cape Town transport system gets an overhaul

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Work on Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transport system progresses on the edge of Paarden Eiland, alongside the N1 freeway, photo courtesy Warren Rohner

The City of Cape Town’s transportation system is getting faster, safer and more convenient, thanks to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Phase one is to be completed by March, in time for the 2010 World Cup.

The BRT system is part of Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system, which aims to transform the entire transport system by radically improving customer service, according to the City of Cape Town website.

The BRT system will use median busways to deliver high-quality transport services that are cost-effective, fast and comfortable for customers to use instead of driving.

According to Eddie Chinnappen, City of Cape Town transport, roads and storm-water executive director, the construction of the BRT will be done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2020.

The first phase is focused on having buses travel between the airport and the city centre, and to the V&A Waterfront from Du Noon.

Here are some of the benefits of having the Bus Rapid Transit system in Cape Town:

  • It will boost the confidence of investors in Cape Town.
  • It will cut down on the traffic congestion in the city centre.
  • Commuting in and around town will be easier and faster.
  • Fuel consumption will be reduced should more people abandon individual driving and use the public transport system.
  • With security personnel stationed at each stop, transport will be safer.
  • Buses will travel not only in peak hours but during the day and late evenings.

For more information on the Integrated Rapid System visit www.capetown.gov.za

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