RIDE ON: EThekwini Municipality Mayor James Nxumalo and members of the Executive Committe during the official launch of the Muvo Smart Card held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Story By: NOLUTHANDO MKHIZE
Picture By: JESSIE SINGH
The eThekwini Transport Authority has introduced a cashless public transport smartcard known as the ‘Muvo card’. This is set to redefine the way commuters pay their bus fares. EThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Mayor James Nxumalo said this marks an important milestone in the future of the eThekwini transport system. “The Muvo card is within our vision of making Durban the most liveable city,” said the Mayor.
This was the Municipality’s first phase of its journey towards implementing its Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN). The implementation of IRPTN throughout South Africa was legislated by the National Department of Transport. The smartcard will be put into operation when it is piloted in February next year on the People Mover buses. It will be then rolled to other Durban Transport buses in April, reaching commuters in Umlazi, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Rossburgh. “Passengers will be able to buy their card from ticketselling outlets and top them up at various locations around the City. We will also run an extensive publicity campaign to educate the public and raise awareness about this new fare payment system,” said Nxumalo.
He said the Municipality was ultimately looking at an integration of services between the city’s IRPTN with Metrorail and the taxi industry playing important roles. “Discussions were already underway with the taxi industry around a transformation programme that will see them contracting to the city supply transport services,” said the Mayor. The Head of eThekwini Transport Authority, Thami Manyathi said, “Durban joins a number of other cities around the world that are using automatic fare payment systems, such as Curitiba, Singapore and Bogota. We are proud to see our City ranking among major cities around the world in this initiative.”