Exploring the Applicability of Location Based Services to Determine the State Routes Transport Networks Integratedness in the City of Johannesburg

Risimati, Brightnes and Gumbo, Trynos (2018) Exploring the Applicability of Location Based Services to Determine the State Routes Transport Networks Integratedness in the City of Johannesburg. REAL CORP 2018 – EXPANDING CITIES – DIMINISHING SPACE. Are “Smart Cities” the solution or part of the problem of continuous urbanisation around the globe? Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information. pp. 225-234. ISSN 2521-3938

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In cities of the developing countries, particularly in African, Asian and Latin American continents; there have been growing concerns in terms of the state of public transportation systems. One of the main among the concerns have been lack of well-integrated, reliable and efficient public transport systems. This is particularly so in urban centres, due to rapid growth of the urban population coincided with the end of colonialism, giving rise to large scale economic, spatial and structural transformation of urban landscapes. The consciousness of the need for well-functioning innovative public transport systems by all spheres of governments and the private sector institutions has prompted precipitate action in the past decades to invest in innovative transport systems. Conversely, just like any other rapid growing metropolitan municipalities in developing and emerging economies, the city of Johannesburg has not been released with regards continuous public transport challenges. In the past decade, the City of Johannesburg has actively participated in the development of the first fast train system; the Gautrain in conjunction with two other metropolitan cities within the province. To support the innovative train system, the city also invested in and developed the Rea Vaya; a rapid bus system. However, the state of connectedness of the rail and road route networks within the city have not been well documented. Therefore, this study aims to delineate the extent routes network integration among Gautrain and Rea Vaya within the Johannesburg urban public transport system and how working relationships could be improved. The study adopted a phenomelogical case study survey design that applied mixed-method approaches to gather spatial, qualitative and quantitative data. The exploratory approach was used to formulate the research problem for precise investigation whilst the descriptive approach was used to gather complete and accurate information. Research techniques such as crowdsourcing, interviews, social media was used to collected data. Whilst data analysis and interpretations were conducted with techniques such as main content analysis, Geographic Information Technologies and Echo-Echo. Research findings; indicate that there are limited areas where the route networks between the public transport systems are connected. The large sections of the networks are disintegrated. The work recommends conscious efforts in planning and developing both rail and road route networks that are integrated to promote efficiency of public transport systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integration, route networks, urban public transport, multimodal integrated system, rail-networks, City of Johannesburg
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2018 18:07
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2018 18:07
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/428

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