2010 WORLD CUP: City And Minibuses In Important Agreement
Recent Western Cape Business News
The City of Cape Town has entered into an important service level agreement with the Western Cape Taxi Council for the provision of additional minibus-taxi transport services in and around Cape Town, during the 2010 World Cup. This will complement existing transport services being offered by for instance Metrorail and the recently introduced MyCiTi airport and inner city bus service.
“This agreement is significant. It shows the commitment of both ourselves and the industry to put Cape Town and the commuters first. Both sides believe it is in the best interest of our beautiful city to work together and deliver the best World Cup ever. We are also very pleased as a City to give as many as possible, an opportunity to participate in the greatest event we have ever staged,” said Cllr Elizabeth Thompson, Mayoral Committee for Transport, Roads and Major Projects.
The agreement specifies the number of vehicles required on the different routes and match days, and also stipulates a maximum fare that can be charged by the taxi operator.
The minibus-taxi industry will guarantee that these vehicles will be waiting to transport passengers during the specified hours, whether any passengers arrive or not. This is to ensure that the citizens of Cape Town can rest assured that they will not be stranded at these locations in the middle of the night.
The City will pay a set rate per participating vehicle for this guaranteed availability, on the assumption that the minibus-taxis will still charge their late night fares where passengers make use of their services. Participating minibus-taxis will be identified by a sticker reading ‘WCPTC 2010 service’.
The agreed maximum fares will be for departures only from specified venues and the specified fares will be applicable from the match end times within the periods indicated in the table below. For earlier minibus-taxi services the usual fares will apply.
The agreed maximum fares, which represent the usual late night fares charged by minibus-taxis, are:
- Station Deck and CBD to areas in Cape Town - R30
- FAN JOLS - R17
- Last Mile Home service - R10
- Century City shuttle to rail station – free on presentation of match tickets for the relevant day.
Since these fares are set at a maximum, minibus-taxis may charge less than these fares.
Public transport services that will provided by the mini-bus taxi industry include:
- services from the Central Business District (CBD), operating from the station deck,
- transport from the FAN JOLS,
- last mile home services from the park and ride rail stations,
- shuttle service from the Century City park & ride to the new Century City rail station, and
- late night transport for City of Cape Town 2010 World Cup volunteers to their homes.
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