The 2021 festive season is here and MyCiTi has adapted its service schedules to suit the needs of residents and visitors over the holiday period. The City of Cape Town is calling on residents to look after themselves and fellow commuters while travelling during the holidays by wearing a mask at all times, sanitising their hands often and keeping a safe social distance.

‘We are going into another festive season that poses uncertainties in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Still, residents and visitors are looking forward to some time off, to visiting friends and families, beaches, recreational areas and all of the outdoor places that make Cape Town such a fun place. As such, we have arranged that the MyCiTi festive season schedule and routes accommodate the needs of our passengers over this period. I encourage residents and visitors to hop onto one of your buses. It is a stress-free way of travelling in the holiday period when it is difficult to find parking in popular areas. I also want to remind all commuters to please always wear a mask when in public, to maintain a safe social distance and to stay home when they are feeling sick. This way we can try and minimise the risk for us all and stay safe while travelling to where we need to be,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.

MyCiti provides a safe, affordable and reliable bus service to residents and visitors to Cape Town. ‘I encourage Capetonians and visitors to take advantage of the convenient bus service these holidays and to explore everything our city has to offer. I advise that they try to rather travel during the off-peak times whenever possible to avoid crowds,’ said Councillor Quintas. This year, passengers can look forward to late-night shopping and more buses to Camps Bay on popular beach days. Our special holiday service will also give Atlantis residents access to the popular Silwerstroomstrand beach and resort.

Commuters are reminded that there will be fewer services on weekdays from 20 December until 7 January 2022 given that fewer people will be travelling to work. Commuters are advised to familiarise themselves with the bus schedules. The MyCiTi app and website will be very useful over this period as it provides live updates of when the buses are to arrive at certain stops or stations. The app is a convenient planning tool to avoid waiting around at stops and stations. ‘We want to help all residents and tourists to get around smoothly and safely this festive season. Commuters can call the City’s Transport Information Centre free of charge with any transport query. Our agents are available around the clock, throughout the festive season on 0800 65 64 63 to help with all your transport needs and to help keep traffic moving. Our road maintenance teams will also be working throughout the festive season to help you get around safely. So keep on reporting potholes, blocked stormwater drains, faulty signals and other traffic and road related issues,’ said Councillor Quintas.

Below is a list of the late night services and special arrangements over the festive season: • There will be later services connecting with Canal Walk and the V&A Waterfront shopping malls from 15 to 31 December 2021 o Route T01: Last trip from V&A Waterfront will leave at 22:30 o Route 214a: Last trip from Table View will leave at 23:25 o Route T03: Last trip from Century City will leave at 22:20 o Route T04: Last trip from Century City at 22:20

• There will be extra services along the 106 and 107 routes to the very popular Camps Bay. Buses will operate every 18 minutes from 10:00 until the end of service on 26 and 27 December 2021 and 1 and 2 January 2022.

• Atlantis residents can enjoy a special holiday service between Atlantis station and Silwerstroomstrand from 26 December 2021 to 2 January 2022. Buses on route 247 will depart daily during this period at 09:30 and 13:00 from the Atlantis station, and at 10:00, 13:30 and 18:00 from Silwerstroomstrand.

• Services on some routes will be reduced during the morning and afternoon weekday peak-times between 20 December 2021 and 7 January 2022. o Fewer buses will operate on routes T01, 109, 108 and 118 throughout this period. o Fewer services will operate along route T03 from 28 December 2021 until 7 January 2022. o There will be fewer services throughout the day on the following routes, which will operate according to a weekend schedule: T04, D08, 105, 260, 262, 213, 223 and 113. o The D05 and 116 routes will not operate during this period.

• Given the Alert Level 1 curfew which is currently effective from midnight to 04:00 in the morning, the MyCiTi service will not operate an extended service on New Year’s Eve.

Commuters are advised to please check the schedules closer to the days they want to use the service. Should the curfew change, the MyCiTi operating hours may be amended accordingly.

All festive season timetables and route information is available at https://www.myciti.org.za or on the MyCiTi app. The app is available free from iOS and Google Play stores.