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Since its launch in May 2010 until October 2011, approximately 1.7 million passenger journeys have been made on the MyCiTi public transport system, mainly using its rapid bus service on the dedicated bus lanes. This includes nearly 370 000 passengers who made use of MyCiTi buses during events at the Cape Town Stadium and 100 000 who made use of event services offered with chartered buses.
A ‘passenger journey’ is defined as: a journey a passenger makes traveling on one or more MyCiTi services from their origin to their destination, irrespective of how many times they transfer. For example, a passenger who travels on a feeder bus in Table View, then transfers to a trunk bus to the Civic Centre Station, and then to a feeder bus to the Waterfront is counted as only one passenger journey. Excluded from other passenger journeys are event services and trips on the Airport route.
A total of 1.4 million passenger journeys were made from May to October 2011, 70 000 of whom made use of event services.
From May, when it was launched, to October this year the trunk route between Table View and the CBD has carried approximately 700 000 passengers, the majority of whom have also used feeder services as part of their journeys.
In October 2011 about 285 000 used regular services (excluding the airport and event services), with an average of 10 900 passenger journeys on a weekday. This represents an increase on the September travel figures of 8%. About 10 900 passengers travelled on the Airport route in October 2011.
“We are extremely pleased with the response to the MyCiTi services by the public. The daily increase in the numbers of passengers is a testament not only to how wonderful the service is, but how sorely needed it was in that area. We recognise that there are similar needs across Cape Town and are working to extend the services so that others may benefit from these clean, comfortable and well- run buses,” says Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater.
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