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August 08, 2013

New MyCiTi station adds to safe way to get around Cape Town

On the 6th of August 2013 the City of Cape Town announced permanent road closure of Adderley Street, between Strand and Riebeek streets, for the construction of a new MyCiTi bus station. 

An existing MyCiTi station. Photo courtesy of www.urbika.com

The new station adds to an already comprehensive MyCiTi system of bus routes meaning commuters and tourists alike now have an even easier way to get around Cape Town. You can now travel in and around the city centre (Gardens – Civic Centre), (Salt River Rail - Walmer Estate - Civic Centre) and enjoy the convenience of the longer bus routes (Airport - Civic Centre – Waterfront), (Table View - Civic Centre) (Table View routes to Parklands, Blaauwberg and Big Bay). 

As a further effort to make MyCiTi more accessible to commuters, network of cycling paths and upgraded pedestrian walkways have been constructed and these connect to the bus routes. A special non-motorised transport lane from Table View to Cape Town city centre is already available, and bicycles are welcome on the buses.

The new distance-based fare system also means travellers have better connectivity at an affordable rate. Fares are calculated from where you tap in and embark, to where you tap out at your final destination. This system even allows you to break your trip (for up to 45 minutes) without needing you to tap in and pay again. For tourists it’s a cost effective way to travel, without the worry of getting lost costing even extra.

All routes pass fantastic tourist destinations:

  • Gardens – Civic Centre passes Long Street where you can enjoy the many restaurants, clothing shops and clubs on offer
  • Take the Salt River Rail – Walmer Estate - Civic Centre route on a Saturday and you can enjoy the Neighbour Goods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill
  • Airport – Civic Centre – Waterfront put you at the V&A waterfront where you can experience world-class shopping, entertainment and dining
  • The Table View – Civic Centre and Table View routes to Parklands, Blaauwberg and Big Bay takes you to Cape Town’s other waterfront where you’re spoilt for choice in beaches, restaurants and recreational activities

As construction work on this additional station begins, the city of Cape Town would like residents to exercise caution and practice patience. As a “heads-up” they have announced that right turns will not be permitted from Riebeek Street into Adderley Street. Left turns from Riebeek into Adderley will however, still be allowed. Motorists wishing to travel along the bottom of Adderley Street towards the mountain are encouraged to access Adderley Street at Hans Strijdom Avenue or Strand Street to access the top of Adderley. Barriers, road traffic signs, markings and signage will help alert motorists.

Any enquiries regarding this road closure may be directed to the city’s transport information centre on 0800 65 64 63 or via email to transport.info@capetown.gov.za

Construction aside, it’s wonderful to know that there’s a safe, alternative and convenient way to travel and explore this amazing city – simply get on a bus and discover your city with MyCiTi!

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