Cape Town to Build Integrated Bus Facility in Makhaza to Improve Urban Mobility

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The City of Cape Town is set to enhance urban mobility and intermodal connectivity by constructing a new integrated bus facility in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. The facility will be shared by the MyCiTi and Golden Arrow Bus Services and located adjacent to the Chris Hani rail station, with the new minibus-taxi facility just a kilometre away. This initiative will streamline travel for commuters by providing seamless transfers between multiple modes of transportation.

Sustainable Infrastructure

The proposed bus facility, to be constructed at the intersection of Walter Sisulu Road and Ngwamza Street, will feature robust materials and energy-saving solar panels. By incorporating solar panels, the facility can generate its electricity for lighting and other essential operations, ensuring uninterrupted operations during load-shedding while contributing to sustainable infrastructure.

Future Plans

The second phase of the MyCiTi bus service, currently in progress, will connect Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to Claremont and Wynberg. Once completed, the Makhaza facility will host operations for both MyCiTi and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The proposed MyCiTi Route 11 will run from the facility towards Wynberg, covering multiple stops along Julius Tsholo Street, Japhta K Masemola Road, Govan Mbeki Road, New Strandfontein, and Ottery Roads.

Convenient Interchange

With the facility’s close proximity to the Chris Hani train station and the minibus-taxi facility, passengers can enjoy a hassle-free interchange experience. Proposed designs include drop-and-go embayments along Walter Sisulu Road for minibus-taxis. The facility will feature a roof over the loading areas to protect travelers from the elements, ablution facilities, and universally accessible walking lanes with dropped kerbs to facilitate ease of access within the premises.

Community Feedback

Local community members and commuters are encouraged to share their thoughts on the proposals. An information day is scheduled for June 6, where officials will be available to address any questions. To provide feedback, community members can email their comments to transport.news@capetown.gov.za, submit them online at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay, or attend the public information day on June 6 from 10:00 to 15:00 at the Solomon Mahlangu Community Hall. The deadline for submitting comments is June 23, 2023.

The new integrated bus facility in Makhaza, Cape Town, is a significant step towards improving urban mobility and enhancing the overall transportation experience for commuters.

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