CT proposes closer taxi involvement in MyCiti roll out

The city council on Thursday adopted a plan which proposes significant involvement of taxis as the service is further rolled-out

FILE: Cape Town minibus taxi rank. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The taxi industry could become more involved in the MyCiTi bus service.

The city council on Thursday adopted a plan which proposes significant involvement of taxis as the service is further rolled-out.

Technology such as e-hailing and mobile apps will enable minibus taxis to provide so-called demand responsive services.

The City of Cape Town's member Brett Herron explains: “Through careful planning, adapting to a changing environment, pragmatism and innovation we can extend the MyCiTi footprint while ensuring sufficient revenue to cover operating costs.”

Heron says the infrastructure and MyCiTi system will be designed to facilitate transfers between minibus taxis and MyCiTi services.

“The reason for this major shift is that we have learned that removing minibus-taxis along routes where the MyCiTi service is operating, such as in Phase 1, is financially unsustainable in the long term.”

He adds that minibus taxi operators can benefit greatly from emerging new generation services.

"The new generation services provide the minibus-taxi industry with a great opportunity to expand their businesses, while also reducing their operating costs. For example, by modernising operations, the industry can take advantage of e-hailing technologies to link them with passengers. Currently, taxis wait for passengers at ranks, or stop when seeing passengers hailing services on the side of the road, this limits drivers to fixed routes and timetables.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)