Rapid rollout of new MyCiTi routes begins
MyCiTi is set to launch services over the next three months that will significantly increase its footprint.
This starts on 15 February with the introduction of two routes to Hout Bay, including Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu.
Other new services involve extending the current highly popular main route from the central city via Table View to Dunoon in March and launching the routes serving Atlantis in April.
The start of services to Hout Bay will also see the completion of the network of MyCiTi routes in the Atlantic Seaboard suburbs of Green Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay.
It is important to note that a significant number of existing minibus taxi and Golden Arrow bus services will be withdrawn from these areas with the launch of new routes.
This has major implications for existing public transport users across the Cape Town metropolitan area as everyone is required to have their own myconnect card to travel with MyCiTi.
They also need to familiarise themselves with how the card works, their routes and where the transfer points between routes are located. Detailed information is available on the website www.myciti.org.za or from the 24/7 Transport Information Centre at 0800 65 64 63.
The transfer to the cashless card-based system may require a big change in user behaviour. However, if the response from enthusiastic MyCiTi commuters is anything to go by, getting to and from work or simply enjoying the sights of Cape Town is a whole lot more comfortable with MyCiTi once new users get used to the system.
Free myconnect cards in Hout Bay
Passengers can get free myconnect cards in Hout Bay, Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg from 1 February 2014.
The aim is to make MyCiTi accessible to new and potential users, and to ease the burden of paying upfront for the card.
Passengers can visit the Hout Bay or Hangberg public libraries or the Imizamo Yethu sports field on Hout Bay Main Road from 1 February to get their free card.
The card comes loaded with 30 Mover points for travel, so you pay R30 for the points and save on the R25 myconnect card cost.
Each person may only receive one free myconnect card, so you need to bring an identity document, birth certificate, passport or driver's licence along with R30 in cash.
For more information, call the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or visit www.myciti.org.za
ATMs expand top-up opportunities
MyCiTi passengers can now load Mover packages onto their myconnect cards at cash-accepting Absa ATMs, regardless of who they bank with.
Mover packages offer savings on fares of least 20% on fares at all times. Passengers can also use these ATMs to load money as Standard, which can be used for purchases of up to R200 at any retailer that accepts debit cards.
To load either Standard or Mover, passengers need their myconnect card and PIN, as well as cash which will need to be inserted into the cash-accepting slot of the ATM.
This expands the opportunities for MyCiTi passengers to load value on their cards at their convenience.
For a list of Absa cash-accepting ATMs visit www.myciti.org.za
MyCiTi tip of the month
Not sure sure where to catch a MyCiTi bus or which route to take? Try our handy trip planner on www.myciti.org.za.