SOUTH AFRICA Following its debut on the Walmer Estate/ Salt River route, Cape Town’s MyCiTi operation has introduced nine-metre Optare Solo SRs on its F14 Table View feeder service, connecting the residential areas of East Parklands, Blaauwberg and Big Bay with the trunk route to Cape Town at Table View Station.
The Solo SRs have doors on both sides for rapid boarding and alighting and to allow the vehicles to use purpose-built passenger terminals and standard bus stops.
As demand grows on the trunk route from Table View to Cape Town Civic Centre, MyCiTi is increasing the frequency. The deployment of the Optare Solo SRs liberates more of the bigger buses for trunk route duty.
The East Parklands to Blaauwberg service embraces high population density suburbs and the tourist areas of Blaauwberg.
Other suburban routes in the Table View area will be converted to the new Optare Solo SRs, freeing up more big buses for new routes.
Feeder services are a key component of the BRT network being introduced by the Council.