Sunday, February 20, 2022

MyCiti N2 express back on the road

The MyCiTi N2 Express service returned to the metro-south east on Saturday, with the first buses departing shortly after 05:00 from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to the Cape Town Civic Centre station.

According to the City of Cape Town, over 6 000 commuters travelled on the N2 Express service daily before it was suspended in May 2019.

The metro is reintroducing the N2 Express service in three phases with more buses joining the fleet with each phase, hoping by 19 March, that 34 buses will be fully operational.

Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, says the intention is to add buses over the next four weeks, as more commuters return and the demand for the service increases.

‘’Getting the N2 Express service back on the road is a major achievement for the City of Cape Town and our operating partners, the N2 Company equally owned by Lisekhonikamva (Codeta) from Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain Rapid Transit (Route Six from Mitchells Plain) and the Golden Arrow Bus Service (Gabs).’’

Hill-Lewis says his office are aware of the MyCiti’s derelict bus shelters.

‘’Commuters will notice that a number of the bus shelters along the four routes in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain are in a state of disrepair due to vandalism and theft. We are prioritising these for urgent repair, but for now the service must resume for residents. I want to urge residents to support us and help protect infrastructure that is there for their benefit.’’

‘’A combination of 12-metre low-floor buses and 18-metre low-floor buses – have been serviced and prepared for operations, and bus drivers recruited and trained. The return of the N2 Express service is an important moment of progress in Cape Town,’’ Hill-Lewis added.

 

PICTURE: City of Cape Town

Done By: Mitchum George

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