IRT Feeder Stations: Feeder stations at the Civic Centre IRT Station are rising. These smaller stations will form the link to various parts of the CBD, Gardens, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront and surrounds. They will acts as “connectors” between trunk routes, offering good penetration into areas around the main trunk routes.
What is the difference between trunk and feeder services?
Trunk services will use exclusive busways, which will usually be in the middle of the road and will have enclosed, weather protected stations. Passengers will enter the stations through turnstiles using prepaid smart cards. The feeder services will run on normal streets providing connections between communities and the trunk stations. Passengers will validate their smart cards as they enter the feeder vehicles. The trunk services will use larger high-capacity vehicles and the feeder services will use smaller vehicles.
The feeder buses will form the largest component of the bus inventory including 192 buses for the feeder routes (smaller, 9m-long buses and standard-size buses) and 87 standard-size buses for the feeder routes, with the remainder of the 320 buses, 18m buses, as used during the World Cup.
The graphic below provides an indication of the scope of the areas to be serviced by a feeder system once the infrastructure is in place and all operational requirements are resolved.