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CT's MyCiTi project hits a snag

Taxi organisations & Golden Arrow are opposed to the next phase of the MyCiTi bus project.

MyCiti bus service. Picture: City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - While construction for the MyCiTi bus routes is underway again, the Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) service is still hitting some speed bumps.

MyCiTi is set to be rolled out to Atlantis and Mamre this year after successfully launching in Table View and the Cape Town central business district.

But expanding the service into Salt River and Woodstock has been a headache for city bosses.

Phase 1a of the project, which is three years in the making, should be completed by November.

But while bus stop signs have been erected in Woodstock and Salt River, not a single bus has been spotted in the suburbs yet.

The City of Cape Town's Brett Herron says these routes were meant to be launched in December, but they have hit a snag.

"Our licence applications for those routes had not been granted in time and this was really because there were objections from taxi organisations and Golden Arrow busses."

Herron says while they are frustrated about the delay, they are not despondent.

The licensing board will hold hearings on the matter in February.