The eThekwini metro council will next year introduce a smartcard – the Muvo card – on its city buses, says Mayor James Nxumalo.
This is to be the first phase in a programme to roll out an integrated rapid public transport network, such as the Rea Vaya bus system in Johannesburg, across the coastal city.
The council plans for the smartcard to eventually be used on all modes of public transport in the city, including trains.
In addition to using the Muvo card, which will function as an electronic wallet, commuters will also be able to use it at retail outlets to buy groceries and other goods and services, says city officials.
The Muvo card will be piloted on People Mover buses for six weeks starting in February next year. During this period, the 23
buses will be kitted out with electronic ticketing devices to handle payments using the tap-and-go cards.
The council says commuters will be able to buy the cards and load them with money at ticket-selling kiosks along Durban’s inner city bus route. Passengers will also be able to top up their Muvo cards at Sizakala centres and, in future, this facility will also be available from selected retailers.
Pensioners and people with disabilities, as well as scholars, will be catered for through a concession card programme.
“Following the pilot phase on People Mover, the Muvo card will be rolled out to all other Durban Transport buses from around April, reaching commuters in Umlazi, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Rossburgh,” says the council.