MYCiTi bus loop to drop locals at work, study or party

The MYCiTi bus service around central Cape Town is set to transform transport in the inner city, as it takes Capetonians quickly and safely to the places where they work, study and party.

The new service, which started on Saturday, consists of two inner-city loops travelling in opposite directions. Both loops will start at the new Civic Centre station (close to the Cape Town train station) on Hertzog Boulevard, and cover the areas around the Foreshore,  Gardens, Buitenkant, Keizergracht, Long and Oswald Pirow streets.

The route travelling anti-clockwise (if viewed from the south) leaves Hertzog Boulevard and turns down DF Malan Street, then turns and passes the entrance to Table Bay Harbour. It passes the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Coen Steytler Avenue, then turns left into Lower Long Street, passing the South African Revenue Service and Telkom buildings.

Travelling up Long Street, the route passes Thibault Square, then travels near to Greenmarket Square, the Western Cape High Court and the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. It passes the Council Chambers at 44 Wale Street and, further up Long Street, the Long Street Baths. It then turns left into Orange Street, travelling close to the Iziko South African Museum, the Planetarium and the South African National Gallery, then passes the Hiddingh Campus of UCT and the Labia Theatre.

Travelling along Orange and Annandale Roads, the route passes Government Avenue, the Mount Nelson Hotel and Cape Town High School, passing near to Dunkley Square. Turning left into Mill and Buitenkant Streets, it travels past Robbie Nurock Day Hospital, the Iziko Rust en Vreugd Museum and Caledon Square Police Station. At this point, it is just a block from the Department of Home Affairs in Barrack Street.

The route then passes the Grand Parade and turns right into Keizergracht, travelling past the Good Hope Centre (close to the Cape Town campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology), then left into Oswald Pirow, passing the taxi rank on the station deck. The bus then turns left into Hertzog Boulevard toward the Civic Centre station.

The other route, travelling clockwise, passes the same destinations with the exception of travelling down Long Street. Loop Street will instead be used.

“The aim of these inner-city loops is to make it much easier for Capetonians to get around, and we’re really urging people to give it a try,” said City Media Manager Kylie Hatton. “The inner-city loop will give us a taste of the permanent inner-city service, which will be set up later as part of Phase 1A of the new permanent MYCiTi service.”

Between May 29 and July 16, the service will run every 10 minutes between 09:00 and 24:00 and every half-hour between 03:00 and 09:00 and 24:00 and 01:00.

This service will increase between June 6 and July 10, with buses running 24/7,  every 10 minutes between 09:00 and 24:00, and every 30 minutes thereafter until 09:00.

Services may also be increased on match days during the World Cup.

Tickets cost R8 and can be bought on the bus and from roving vendors.

“We really hope that our excitement about this new service catches on,” said Hatton.

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Kylie Hatton, Media Manager, Cell: +27 82 874 4605

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