The City of Cape Town, recently opened its BRT system, called MyCiti, with two pilot routes, in time for the 2010 World Cup. The City plans to begin full Phase 1A services by early 2011. The system will be operated by companies comprised of former minibus taxi operators. This is the first system in the country to have this kind of operations contract, Johannesburg is working on a similar arrangement.
ITDP began working in the City of Cape Town in 2002 to build support for BRT and established a relationship with the Western Cape Provincial Government, mainly through the Minister of Transport. Through workshops and international exchange – particularly with those who had been deeply involved in the implementation of Bogota’s TransMilenio – momentum for BRT grew.
In 2007, ITDP became part of a consortium that created the business plan and financial model and has been involved with the process ever since. ITDP has also assisted with the formalization of Cape Town’s existing informal public transport industry and has helped to prepare the city for BRT implementation.
In addition to ITDP’s role in the BRT project, ITDP also brought its California Bike program to Cape Town. One program related to this work provided bicycles to low-income health care workers who could previously only access their patients’ distant homes by foot. This program has allowed the health care workers to visit more patients and work shorter hours every day.