The City of Cape Town's transport authority, Transport for Cape Town (TCT), is a governance and management structure established to facilitate the full rollout and achievement of integrated, interoperable and intermodal transport across Cape Town and the functional area. TCT's investment and service delivery focus is to drive down public transport, private car, non-motorised transport and freight user groups transport-related priority costs.
The TCT By-Law has consolidated 9 functions and aims to enable the full implementation of the National Land Transport Act (No. 5 of 2009), which mandates metropolitan municipalities taking responsibility for road and rail-based transport within their boundaries. The TCT Constitution By-Law, No 7208 was gazetted in 2013, which facilitated the TCT Organisational Structure, giving effect to its eight departments and a matrix organisation.
A By-Law is the legislative mechanism available to local government and facilitates longevity unlike a policy. This enables TCT to have a foundation that will enable long-term investment in integrated, intermodal and interoperable transport and the related network.
The TCT organogram was approved by Council on 30 May 2013 and became fully functional on 1 July 2014. The organisational structure follows function and is based on a matrix approach with a common goal of integrated, intermodal and interoperable service delivery that is performance oriented and investment driven.
The City, through Transport for Cape Town, has made application for the assignment of the Contracting Authority function. This will ensure that all scheduled public transport services are managed in a collective, integrated and efficient manner. This will include the management of the scheduled public transport service contracts, including MyCiTi Integrated rapid transit, a Dial-A-Ride contract and ultimately other contracted services, in a unified manner and under one brand and one management system.
Application has also been made for the assignment of the Municipal Regulatory Entity function to the City, through TCT. Of all the operating licences in the Western Cape, 80% are either in operation within the boundaries of Cape Town or start in Cape Town. It is essential that this function is assigned to the City to streamline the regulatory functions within the public transport lifecycle. This includes establishing a transport enforcement command in partnership with Safety and Security.
The TCT Constitution By-Law has also paved the way for TCT's Long-Term Strategy and the establishment and functionality of the Municipal Land Transport Fund, as set out in the NLTA.
The City of Cape Town is in the process of amending the Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-law No 7208, 2013.