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16 000 passengers use Century City public transport daily

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Date 05 April 2017
Author Liesel

By Chris Blackshaw

CEO of the Century City Property Owners' Association

As our City has grown significantly in recent years, so too has the public transport offering available to commuters with no less than 16 000 passengers per day making use of one or other service.

So important is public transport to the efficient running of our city, that we have a dedicated transport manager, Aron Pietersen, whose job it is to ensure the smooth interface of the various public transport modes.

As you might have noticed, commuter buses and minibus taxis are not permitted on the Century City road network and their operations are restricted to our two Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs) which are situated on Ratanga Road and Century Avenue. These PTIs have designated lanes for Golden Arrow buses, minibus taxis and the Century City shuttle bus which operates a regular internal service between the transport interchanges and the rest of Century City. Both PTIs have a terminus building with public toilets, waiting areas, public telephones, a ticket office and vending machines.

A nominal fare is charged for the internal shuttle service which operates seven days a week between 06h00 and 22h00 at 10 minute intervals during peak times and 15 minutes in shoulder periods. Commuters are able to purchase daily or monthly tickets, the latter of which offers a sizeable discount to the daily rate. The internal shuttle service is currently used by around 4000 passengers a day, equating to 120 000 per month.

Formal minibus taxi services to Century City operate from Koeberg, Goodwood, Maitland,Bellville, Mitchell's Plain, Manenberg, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Guguletu, Du Noon and various other destinations on the Cape Flats with 6000 commuters using this service daily.

Metered taxis are permitted on the Century City road network and a limited number of registered operators have been given staging areas at Canal Walk.

Commuters also have the choice of the Golden Arrow Bus Services which operates direct bus services to Century City from Cape Town CBD, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Killarney, Elsies River, Hanover Park, Atlantis/ Mamre and Mitchell's Plain. Alternative bus services operate to Montague Gardens along Bosmansdam Road from where commuters can use the shuttle bus to get to their final destination in Century City. All in all there are 82 Golden Arrow bus trips to and from the Ratanga Road PTI daily and currently transporting around 2000 passengers.

Century City's public transport offering was boosted considerably just ahead of the Soccer World Cup last year when the new Century City Railway Station came on stream. This has proved hugely popular with more than 4200 commuters using the newly constructed pedestrian walkway between Century City and the station on a daily basis.

We are also extremely excited that Century City has been included in Phase 1A rollout of Cape Town's Bus Rapid Transit System. A feeder route will run from the station through Century City and then through Montague Gardens to link up with up with a main trunk at the Racecourse/Omuramba roads interchange and is expected to come on stream around March/April 2012. There will be 8 BRT stations within Century City and the City has gone out to tender for these which will include raised curbs and bus stop shelters.

For further information on access to and transport within Century City please contact Aron on 021 5526889 or e-mail aron@centurycity.co.za or go to www.centurycity.co.za.