ASSIGNMENT NAME: Cape Town BRT Automatic Fare Collection System
LOCATION: Tableview to Civic Centre, Airport to Civic Centre and Central Business District, Cape Town
NAME OF CLIENT: Chantal Greenwood – City of Cape Town
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT: Ongoing
START DATE: July 2008
COMPLETION DATE: Ongoing
APPROX VALUE OF PROJECT: Available on request
PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY THE FIRM AND FUNCTIONS PERFORMED:
Wehan Wessels (Pr Eng)
Ryno Jordaan (Pr Eng)
Amy Stevens (BSc (Elec) Eng)
NAME OF ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS:
Techso (Pty) Ltd
NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:
TTA are sub-consultants for the implementation of the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System forthe Phase 1A of the “MyCiTi” Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System in Cape Town.
The electronic fare system will be implemented on the two Phase 1A trunk routes and the feeder routes which furnish these trunks. The trunk routes extend from Civic Centre in town along the R27 to Tableview and on to Atlantis and from Civic Centre to the Cape Town International Airport. The feeder routes consist of two opposing loops around the city centre and an additional route into Hout Bay and a number of routes in the Montague Gardens, Tableview, Blouberg, Big Bay and Parklands areas.
The AFC System will ultimately consist of permanent gates with card validator units at each of the stations and on-board card validators on each of the buses which will require a person to tap their EMV compliant card upon entering and exiting the bus system. The relevant fare will be calculated based on the distance travelled and will be automatically deducted from the value previously loaded onto the card.
TTA has been involved in the AFC project from the beginning of its implementation stage and is responsible for checking all the technical design work submitted by the contractor and for doing post installation commissioning. Both these tasks ensure that the system design and installed equipment is both technically sound while providing the client, the City of Cape Town, with the best value possible.
The communications infrastructure consists of a Bluetooth local link, which will be used for roadside programming and configuration of the sensor; and a GSM Modem, which will be used to transmit the data from each sensor site to a central collection point for integration into the City of Cape Town’s RTMS Server Database.
DESCRIPTION OF ACTUAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE FIRM:
Transport Telematics Africa was appointed for design review and commissioning of the project.