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MyCiTI to launch high-tech tracking system
Commuters will shortly have access to locations and times of bus locations in the Mother City
Last Update 13 March 2017
The City of Cape Town is launching a system which will allow it to remotely track public MyCiTi buses and communicate their locations to commuters. This will be a first for the Mother City and will improve the overall efficiency of the routes.
The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority had begun work on the Advanced Public Transport Management System (APTMS) last year on the N2 Express service between Khayelitsha, Cape Town and Mitchells Plain. It is expected that the system at the MyCiTi Control Centre will be fully functional within two to three months which will be when the APTMS hardware, software and related systems are fully installed.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member of Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron stated that, “once the APTMS is fully completed and we are satisfied with the outcome of the pilot phase, the MyCiTi Control Center will be tracking and monitoring each and every MyCiTi bus across the city.”
The city will through this technology be able to know the location of every bus at any given time. Furthermore, the Control Centre will be able to have direct communication with the drivers at any given time - which will aid them on their traffic routes by avoiding incidents along the way.
The system will be able to inform commuters about departure times of busses on every route on the passenger information displays (PIDs) at all MyCiTi stations. The MyCiTi service currently has over 40 routes covered across the city, with 42 stations and more than 700 bus stops.
Councillor Herron further added that the, “fleet consists of 377 buses and covers nearly 1.5 million kilometres each month, transporting up to 68 010 passengers on a weekday. Keeping track of every bus on every route will assist us to monitor the vehicle operating companies’ schedule adherence, as well as bus driver behaviour and the buses’ travelling speeds at any point in time.”
By Tarina Meiring
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