CoT wants to own rail networks in line with its plans for integrated transport

The City of Cape Town’s revised Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan (CITP) outlines its strategies and actions over the next five years in pursuing an integrated transport system.

The idea is for commuters to spend less time and money on travelling between their homes, work and other destinations.

The latest data from the City indicates that there were 2,7 million fewer rail journeys in Cape Town per month in 2016/17 when compared with 2015/16. In fact, the number of passengers boarding the trains on a daily basis has declined by 43% from 2013 to 2017.

The Western Cape Metrorail service requires 88 full sets to operate, but the average availability of train sets has reduced from 82 sets in January 2016 to 72 sets in January 2017. Up to 27% of train journeys were running behind schedule as a direct result, leaving commuters frustrated and angry, according to the City's findings.

What we've been saying over the last few years is that the National Land Transport Act says city governments should be the authority over all land based transport.

Brett Herron, MAYCO member for Transport and Urban development 

And we've been saying that should include commuter rail.

Brett Herron, MAYCO member for Transport and Urban development 

Herron explains that they are working towards a plan to have control over the rail network not necessarily the operations are Metrorail. What we would like to do is to own the tracks, the station and signalling system and then contract with Metrorail to provide a service says Herron.

Herron goes on to say the key to this plan is the transfer of ownership of the rail networks, the rail reserves and land holdings in the stations. He says the white paper does propose that the operational subsidy does go to the city governments.

For the full interview listen to the audio clip:


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