I have heard many South Africans complaining that we have no public transport that could match what they have overseas so I feel it is my duty to shed some light on the MyCiti Bus experience I recently had. I lived in London for a year and I have travelled around Europe a bit so not only is my opinion valid, it is based on solid experience as well. The point of public transport is to be more cost effective than owning your own vehicle and it is supposed to help minimize the number of cars on the roads to ease up on congestion during peak hours. It can only work properly and continue to expand if we make use of the service, but the service also has to be timely and we have to be able to get to our desired destination without any severe delays along the way.
I cannot begin to explain how anxious I was about trying out the MyCiti Bus, but once I was on the bus and the lady who sold the tickets on board had explained the how the tickets and routes work I felt as though I was on a London bus surrounded by a bunch of South Africans. The feeder buses will take you from your nearest stop to the main stop which is located in Table View across from Bayside Mall. From there you can move on to the bendy bus that will take you all the way to the Civic Centre which is in the heart of the Mother City. From there you can take another feeder bus and those buses go to the V & A Waterfront, CBD and Gardens. A trip from table view will cost you no more than R10 and on the way back it will cost you another R10. Not only could you never go in to town for under R10 with the cost of petrol, but with parking at R10 an hour in Cape Town’s CBD you really are winning by making use of the MyCiti Bus.
I have a good experience on the bus where I arrived at the Civic Centre after 40 to 45 minutes of travelling and then I had a bad experience which took me over an hour to arrive at the Civic Centre. You have to be prepared for good and bad days, because at the end of the day there are some days where you could end up sitting in your car for well over an hour and a half. There are designated seats for mothers and children as well as for the elderly. All in all I would say it is a great step in the right direction as far as public transport in South Africa is concerned.
Bronwyn May (@bronnmay)