Change, improvement and expansion have been consistent themes for both the MyCiTi bus system and the V&A Waterfront in 2013. This trend continues as preparation begins for the construction of a new MyCiTi bus station located at the V&A Waterfront. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, which will coincide with this section of Breakwater Boulevard once again being opened to vehicular traffic.
Traffic to the Granger Bay side of Victoria Wharf will be re-directed onto a parallel road that leads to the current tour bus parking area. Traffic signage will be in place to help direct motorists, as well as pedestrians who use the current MyCiTi or Golden Arrow bus services. For the duration of this construction, the ranking for metered taxis will be moved to the grass embankment area near the Table Bay traffic circle.
The tour bus drop-and-go zone will remain in place where the current tour buses are parking and there will be five reserved parking bays. Parking for tour buses will be moved to the open parking area at the Table Bay circle.
The development of the actual top structure of the MyCiTi station will start in February 2014, with an expected completion date of July 2014. The station, called Waterfront station, at the end of the route is situated on the main trunk route that connects with the Civic Centre station – the point from which passengers can catch connecting buses to other destinations on the ever-expanding MyCiTi network. There are other kerbside stops in the V&A Waterfront precinct, such as Breakwater and Waterfront Silo. These stops are located on area routes that also connect with the main hub at the Civic Centre station, but via different routes, allowing MyCiTi to better service the area.
“We are very excited to be able to partner with the V&A Waterfront in what we see as a mutually beneficial relationship – offering convenient, top-quality transport for their patrons, and a world-class tourist destination for our passengers,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.