Work is to begin shortly on a bus rapid transport (BRT) system in the city. The R10-billion project will be divided into four phases, with the first phase ready in time for the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010. This will see the creation of a high-speed bus ink between Cape Town international airport and the city centre, a new inner-city bus service and a dedicated bus route running north along Marine Drive to Table View. The first phase of the project will cost R1.3 billion, which will be funded by the city and the national government. However the ruling African National Congress has criticised the plans, arguing that they sideline poor communities and focus excessively on the city centre.
The new service will use special high-capacity buses and dedicated bus lanes, echoing similar initiatives in many cities across the world including Lagos, for now the only city in Africa with a BRT system. If all goes to plan the Cape Town system should take ten years to complete.