Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, and Colin Green, a director of the Rabie Property Group, outside the new MyCiTi station, built at a cost of R34million, that opens at Century City Saturday August 1.
Century City’s inclusion in the city’s Rapid Bus Transit system will get a further major boost with the opening of a new direct MyCiti route from Dunoon to Century City via Omuramba station and the opening of six new stations, including one in the burgeoning Century City precinct, from Saturday 1 August 2015.
The new Trunk route, T04, will culminate in the public transport interchange at Century City’s new Trunk Station which was developed at a cost of R34million by developer, Rabie Property Group, as part of its infrastructure commitments to unlock additional development rights at Century City.
Rabie director Colin Green said the release of bulk at Century City was linked to various infrastructure projects, of which the Trunk Station was one.
“To date a total of just over 1 000 000m2 of bulk has been released and close on 800 000 m2 has been completed. The balance comprises projects in various stages of the planning and subdivision process.”
Green said Century City was already well serviced by public transport by rail with the nearby Century City Station and a well-managed, dedicated taxi rank, but the completion of the MyCiTi Trunk Station will add a new dimension to public transport with MyCiTi’s fast, efficient and reliable service, making Century City arguably the most accessible node in Cape Town.
It is envisaged that in the long term Century City will be a major interchange between the trunk and feeder routes emanating from Atlantis, Durbanville, Khayelitsha and the Southern Suburbs.
He said as the MyCiTi service expands the reliance on Golden Arrow and mini bus taxis services will be reduced or phased out.
Century City has been part of the MyCiTi service since November 2013 when a feeder route was introduced from Omuramba Station to Century City which ran in mixed traffic through Montague Gardens to Century City, down Century Avenue, past the Canal Walk Shopping centre and along Sable Road to the Century City railway station.
The new T04 Dunoon-Century City Trunk route will travel along Potsdam Road from Usasaza station servicing industrial areas along Koeberg Road with new stations at Refinery, Montague Gardens and Turf Club before reaching Omuramba station. Busses will then turn down Ratanga Road providing communities around the new Phoenix and Sanddrift stations with access to the growing MyCiTi newtwork ending at the new Century City station in the public transport interchange.
For existing passengers the service means a much quicker journey between Dunoon and Century City with no transfers and a cheaper fare due to the shorter, more direct route.
Instead of travelling in mixed traffic, the busses will travel along dedicated red roads ensuring a quicker journey even in the heavily congested peak hours with buses departing every 10 minutes in weekday morning and afternoon peaks and every 20 to 30 minutes at other times including weekends.