The millions of rand being used to increase road capacity for private cars will soon be scaled down and stopped in an effort to force residents to one day use public transport, according to Cape Town’s transport head, Brett Herron.
Capetonians will one day not need to use their private vehicles and will have a “convenient and fashionable” form of public transport.
Herron said the provincial government had also set the city a target to reduce private car usage by 13 percent by 2014. To make this happen the city would stop investing in increasing road capacity for private cars to force motorists to use public transport.
Addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Friday, Herron said this was the vision as the city prepared to roll out its MyCiTi service in the south- east of the city by 2013.
“We are currently rolling out Phase 1A of the MyCiTi service. We have a long way to go before the full MyCiTi service is implemented across the entire city, before the MyCiTi service is fully integrated with passenger rail and mini-bus taxi transport services to deliver a comprehensive public transport service, as is our objective,” said Herron.
He said the city expected Phase 1A to be fully operational by September 2013 – and this would see communities in Atlantis, Melkbosstrand and Dunoon connected with Blouberg, Table View, Montague Gardens, Milnerton, Century City and the CBD, and onwards within the inner city to the Waterfront, Sea Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay.
Herron said according to assessments, Cape Town was one of the world’s top 100 liveable cities: “One element of a liveable city that remains constant, from survey to survey or commentator to commentator, is transportation. An efficient transportation system is absolutely essential.”