MyCiTi receives rave reviews

Cape Town’s new BRT system starts its trails – in more ways than one its  inception has been tedious – at least there are some who are enthralled by it -By Babalo Ndenze and Matthew Jordaan on iol news

The new MyCiTi bus service received rave reviews from commuters when it officially took to the

Daniel Wijsbroek and Dorothy Faught were among the first passengers when the MyCiTi bus service started its trial week. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

road for the first time on the route from Table View to Cape Town on Monday.

The long-awaited Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system, called MyCiTi, which has come under heavy criticism from some quarters for delays and for serving only the elite, got off to a flying start, selling about 350 tickets by the early afternoon.

Social networking websites were also abuzz as MyCiTi became a national trending topic on Twitter.

Rene de Kock had the honour of being the first passenger when she boarded the 9am bus from Table View for a 30-quick minute hop to town.

“I used to sit in traffic for two hours. I’d be on the freeway at 6.15am and would only get into town about 7.30am or 7.45am. I’m falling in love with the bus already,” said De Kock, who only had to walk a few metres to Standard Bank Cash Centre from the Civic Centre station.

Peter Solomon, the first member of the public to be sold a ticket in the opposite direction, from Cape Town to Table View, said it was “fortuitous”. Continue reading