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Briefing on Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transit System. 2009. ‘Trunk’ and ‘Feeder’ services. Dedicated trunk service lanes. Feeder services in mixed traffic. Trunk services on coloured lanes. Large vehicles Lane located in the middle of the roadway Major origin to major destination

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trunk and feeder services
‘Trunk’ and ‘Feeder’ services

Dedicated trunk service


Feeder services in mixed traffic

trunk services on coloured lanes
Trunk services on coloured lanes
  • Large vehicles
  • Lane located in the middle of the roadway
  • Major origin to major destination
  • Free transfers between trunk routes
feeder services on general traffic lanes
Feeder services on general traffic lanes

Smaller vehicles:

  • Operating in mixed traffic
  • Operating along the kerbside of the road
  • Providing services into residential areas
  • Connections to trunk services
phase 1a
Phase 1A
  • Airport  CBD link
  • Inner city service
  • CBD  Green Point Stadium
subsequent phases
Subsequent phases
  • Rest of phase 1: West Coast to Atlantis route
  • Phase 2: Metro South East (Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain)
  • Phases 3 and 4: Delft, Blue Downs, Stellenbosch
comfortable accessible public transport
Comfortable, accessible public transport
  • Easy boarding for wheelchairs
  • Accessible for the elderly and children
  • Provision for prams
  • World class stations and vehicles

Level boarding on trunk routes. Ramps on feeder routes

sustainable public transport
Sustainable public transport
  • Low emission vehicles
  • Reduction in private vehicle use
affordable public transport
Affordable public transport
  • Fares will be comparable with those currently charged
  • Financial modelling underway
  • Cheaper fares for off peak times
  • Fares to range from R4 to R16
infrastructure designed to fit fare structure
Infrastructure designed to fit fare structure

Feeder Services

  • Flat fare per trip at open stations
  • Trunk Services
  • Base + distance-related fare

Free transfer: • between trunk services

• at strategic closed feeder stations

smart cards
Smart cards
  • Will enable transfers between trunk routes on a single fare
  • Will make it easy to transfer between trunk routes
  • Sold at stations and retail outlets
  • Eliminate cash transactions on the vehicles
phase 1 construction inner city to green point
Phase 1 construction: inner city to Green Point
  • Inner City to Hout Bay
  • Dedicated lanes, stations and cycle infrastructure begins 2nd half of 2009

Hertzog Boulevard, Civic lane and Old Marine Rd

  • Construction of dedicated lane, station and cycle lane begins now

Somerset Rd

  • Cycle lane under construction, for completion in March 2010
airport services
Airport services
  • Airport plaza, IRT station base structure for completion by December 2009
  • Station top structure for completion by March 2010
west coast infrastructure
West coast infrastructure
  • R27 dedicated lanes, and cycle lanes currently under construction for completion by March 2010
  • Bayside Centre station construction begins now
  • Blaauwberg Rd median lane construction begins mid-2009
comparing infrastructure costs
Comparing infrastructure costs
  • BRT

R3.2 - 100 Mil /km

  • Trams
  • Light rail
  • Urban rail
  • Elevated rail
  • Metro

R65-160 Mil /km

R100-250 Mil /km

R150-400 Mil /km

R325-650 Mil /km

R325-2000 Mil /km

Cape Town IRT infrastructure is costing about

R 40 million / km on average

system map displays
System map displays
  • Individual route maps above doorways
  • Full system map inside closed area of station
alignment of bus with platforms
Alignment of Bus with Platforms
  • Kassel Kerb in Zuidtangent, Netherlands
progress summary
Progress Summary
  • March 2007: Implementation Framework completed
  • October 2007: City project team formed
  • November 2007: City study tour to Latin America
  • December 2007: Operational plan tender awarded


  • February 2008: National Treasury awarding of R 836 m
  • March 2008: Council resolution approving planning
  • April 2008: Awarding of Business Plan contract
  • April 2008: Press announcement on project
  • August 2008:Council approves Phase 1A implementation
  • August 2008: First infrastructure tender advertised
  • November 2008: Construction commences
  • December 2008: Phase 1A operator study tour to Colombia


progress summary1
Progress Summary
  • February 2009 : Draft Vehicle Operator Prospectus

given to taxi and bus industry

  • February 2009: National Treasury awarding of R 900 m
  • April 2009: R600m civil contracts awarded
        • R300m tenders received for IRT Closed Station Superstructures