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City of Cape Town releases Integrated Public Transport Network Plan

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Cape Town plans to use the IPTN in an attempt to deal with the traffic issues in the city.

 

The City of Cape Town released its Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) plan on

Monday, 11 September 2017. The IPTN aims to deal with issues around the city’s ongoing traffic issues. The plan indicates significant involvement from the minibus-taxi industry to aid the MyCiTi service rollouts.

 

The plan has mentioned the use of technologies such as e-hailing and mobile applications, enabling the minibus-taxis to provide demand-responsive services. The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, councillor Brent Herron, has said that the plan to formalise and modernise the system will change people commuting with public transport, especially those using the minibus-taxi industry services.

 

IPTN states in its business plan that it will provide on-demand services in the future, MyCiTi service rollouts, as well as transporting travellers to stations/stops where they can transfer to a MyCiTi trunk route, which is said to operate on solely right-of-way red roads.

 

The aim is not to remove taxis from public transport as it is not financially sustainable, but the IPTN has been activated because of the Mother City’s spatial form (low densities and urban sprawl) and the expected decline in grants from National Government.

 

Here is what the IPTN has in store for us:

  • Being similar to Uber, the public transport system will be accessible through cellphones.

  • It will include the development of mobile apps to let a user see the route, mode and price options in real time.

  • It will show the details of transfers between modes and estimates times on trip.

  • It will allow the user to track their transport in real-time to find the correct station/stop at the right time.

 

This is a great beginning for Capetonians as it is paving the way for public transport to be accessible through their mobile devices. This will make it cost-effective and create more security around public transportation.

 

The system will also benefit the taxi industry as there will be a way to actively source customers instead of the current system of pick-ups.

 

“Through e-hailing, minibus-taxi operators will benefit from lower costs, less congestion, and increased passenger numbers. Commuters will also benefit as it will make it a lot easier to catch a minibus-taxi,” said Herron.
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Submitted 13 Sep 17 / Views 728