In May 2015, Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) signed a memorandum of action (MOA). This historical agreement will significantly improve passenger rail in the city and on Thursday 4 June 2015, the MOA also received the support of the Transport for Cape Town Portfolio Committee.

The City’s Transport Development Index (TDI) has identified flexibility as the highest priority cost for public transport, meaning that there is not nearly enough public transport in the city and that integration between rail and the other modes of public transport, such as the MyCiTi service and minibus-taxis, is poor. The findings of the TDI were made public on 3 June 2015 and confirm that the City needs to invest in systems than can integrate different modes of transport and that we have to take action to decrease residents’ travel time to work.
The MOA will assist the City in this endeavor as it provides the framework for an implementation-oriented partnership between TCT and PRASA to address service delivery issues through new infrastructure, improved operations, and an investment strategy aimed at integrating all modes of public transport in the city.
The MOA will assist in determining priority projects, programmes and interventions, as well as clear deliverables and accountability for these projects. For certain projects TCT will take the lead and in others PRASA will be the accounting project leader with a responsibility to make the necessary resources available to ensure that projects are completed within the agreed timeframes.
‘Investment in new rail infrastructure will focus on the areas where there is a big demand for rail, which we consider to be the backbone of the city’s public transport system. One of our main objectives is to integrate the rail and MyCiTi bus service so that commuters can easily change between the two modes of transport to reach their destinations – meaning we will be working towards creating one integrated timetable and ticketing system for rail and bus rapid transit (MyCiTi) as well,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.