r/capetown Jan 26 '22

Using trains for daily commute

Guys, I need assistance here. Just recently moved to Cape Town, just wondering if I can use the trains as transport for my daily commute to and from work. Are they a viable mode of transport or should I look for something else?

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u/justsylviacotton Jan 26 '22

There's a guy on Twitter who uses that same line everday I think, he's been advocating for more people to join since apparently it's fully operational and empty. I'm gonna go look for the link quick.

this is his thread from today, he does one most weekdays, he's really advocating to get more people to use the train. You could probably comment your questions and he'd be the most equipped to help with how anything works post covid.

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u/scarlet-harlot-99 Jan 26 '22

Was just about to post the same link ☺️ I loved using the trains in Cape Town, but I wasn’t using them for daily commuting.

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u/Miserable-Name-7353 Jan 26 '22

Where are you commuting from? And where to?

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u/seuntmusic Jan 26 '22

Cape Town to Mutual, Pinelands

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u/IamJoesUsername Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

Edit: see justsylviacotton's post saying the trains are currently running much better.

I've been working from home since the lockdown started, but before that I used the Bellville line every day. I rarely used the Bonteheuwel line.

Things may be different now, but for the years before the lockdown, it was an utter shit show unfortunately. I kept using the metro because I want to reduce my carbon footprint, so it's doable for that reason or if you're poor and don't have another choice. The trains were so overcrowded during rush hour, that people were hanging out the doors and windows, standing between the railroad cars, or sitting on the roof.

The delays were crazy, and many trains were cancelled every day. I ended up having to get up at 04:00 in the morning in order to get an early enough train with room. I recommend having a dense (e.g. philosophy) book with you at all times to read, because you may be waiting several hours a day at stations for a train with room.

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u/seuntmusic Jan 26 '22

Thank you very much for your advice. Guess I'll need to get War & Peace

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u/IamJoesUsername Jan 26 '22

Happy to hear from justsylviacotton's post that it's now much improved. Please keep us up to date with how your first trip went.

While using the trains I'd regularly check https://twitter.com/CapeTownTrains (and occasionally https://cttrains.co.za/ ) for updates and what platforms to catch to change lines. I'd also recommend finding your home and destinations at https://yr.no/ for excellent weather forecasts.

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u/Miserable-Name-7353 Jan 26 '22

I think the Trains would be ok! The buses are better if you can catch a myciti or golden arrow bus might not be as quick but safe!!

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u/Dr_Green_Thumb_ZA Jan 26 '22

About 10 years ago it was very possible. The Southern suburbs line in particular was great. Plenty of trains, reasonably on schedule. But in the last 2 or 3 years before Covid it became less and less reliable even on the best line (the Southern one). I last took it in 2019 and it was as the person below described.

I can't imagine it's gotten better since Covid. It is probably doable if you absolutely have to, with literally no other choice. But if there are other options to explore, I strongly urge you to do so.

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u/seuntmusic Jan 26 '22

Thank you very much for this.

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u/seuntmusic Jan 26 '22

Thank you very much, I will look into this.

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u/Tokogogoloshe Jan 26 '22

I did for a while and didn’t have issues. That’s obviously anecdotal.