The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has announced its intentions to take over the running of the railway services.
The City says it will ask the national Transport Department to speed up the assignment of rail commuter services to city authhority as it fears the service will collapse.
Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron says they couldn't just sit and wait for Prasa and hope for things to run smoothly. He says they propose a model that will run similar to MyCiti buses in which they contract different companies to operate it.
The model is quite similar to the one we use for MyCiti. We own the infrastructure and we contract four different companies to operate on our infrastructure.— Brett Herron, Mayco for Transport
This is not a simple thing and we are not under any illusion that this is going to be simple... we do need to own the infrastructure otherwise we cant contract with an operator to operate on someone's infrastructure.— Brett Herron, Mayco for Transport
There are those challenges that some of the railway is owned by Metrorail and some by Transnet. The bottom lime is that all of this infrastructure is owned by the state and all we asking for is that it be consolidated and be owned by another organ of the state which is the city.— Brett Herron, Mayco for Transport
The City explains that passenger rail numbers in Cape Town have fallen by 30%.