The need for investment in transport is acute. The cost of transport for low-income residents in Cape Town is particularly high due to inadequate historic investment and the apartheid legacy of spatial development, which has resulted in poorer communities being largely located far from economic and other opportunities. The Transport Directorate developed a Transport Development Index (TDI) to identify the direct, indirect, and incidental cost of public transport for different user groups, which highlights this reality.
The Transport Directorate, in line with national legislation, has established a Municipal Land Transport Fund to receive, raise, invest, and expend money for transport-related functions. Various projects have been identified – some of which are led by the Transport Directorate or in partnership with other directorates within the City and others that provide opportunities to work with the private sector.