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New forum addresses needs of public transport users

by Martin Pollack
on 14 Feb 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City has established its first ward-based public transport-users forum, to facilitate improved public transport in the Cape Flats.

Eventually each ward-based transport users forum will enjoy representation in the single Cape Town Transport Users Forum.

The new Bontheuwel Transport Users Forum (BTUF) was formally launched on 12 February, and aims to encourage commuters to participate in the transport discussions shaping the development of passenger transport in the area. About 33 000 commuters in Bonteheuwel use buses, taxis and trains every day.

The new forum consists of the ward councillor and the proportional council representative for Bonteheuwel, commuters who live in the area, a representative of rail, bus and taxi services, as well as one individual per business enterprise from the Bonteheuwel business community.

The initiative for the establishment of this forum originated in the City's ongoing interaction with public transport users over the past few years. "The City is serious about public transport," says Cllr Elizabeth Thompson, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, "hence our vision, 'Putting People, Public Transport and Quality of Life First'."

Cllr Theresa Thompson, chair of the forum, says it will identify passenger transport problems in the area, contribute toward the formulation of transport policies, develop projects for the area and as well as monitor the results. "As far as we can determine, this is the first forum of its kind in South Africa, and through this structure we will be able to participate in transport issues such as planning, safety and security," she says.

The Bontheuwel Transport Users Forum's objective is to establish an on-going relationship and partnership between government and transport stakeholders, to share information, formulate transport policies and implement and monitor transport issues within the Bonteheuwel area. Among its responsibilities are to identify passenger transport problems or issues, and contribute to their resolution through relevant projects.

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