Cape Town mayor Dan Plato also criticised the fact that no one had been held accountable for the “economic sabotage” of train fires.
“Today I will be writing to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting that the Hawks be tasked with establishing a special unit to investigate the burning of trains in Cape Town,” he said in a statement.
“Over the past three years, more than 140 train carriages, which make up over 40 train sets, have been burnt in several separate incidents, yet not a single person has been prosecuted.
“One person deemed to be mentally unfit was arrested some months ago, but other than that the SAPS detective services have failed the people of this city.
“Our rail service is a shadow of its former self and, as hundreds of thousands of former rail commuters abandon the trains, we see our roads clog up with more cars, buses and taxis.
“Prasa, Metrorail and SAPS need to get their house in order. We cannot continue to allow their failures to impact the residents of this city."
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said he would visit Cape Town station on Thursday afternoon.