Identifying the Possibilities of Integrating Speed Train and the Bus Rapid Transit System through Mobile Payment and Information Dissemination

Mbatha, Siphiwe and Gumbo, Trynos (2019) Identifying the Possibilities of Integrating Speed Train and the Bus Rapid Transit System through Mobile Payment and Information Dissemination. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 385-390. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract

South Africa’s public transport has been formalised in the past years in order to provide a good flow for travelling. However, commuters struggle with taking formal public transport on the anticipated stations and reaching the desired destination. One of the challenges identified is the lack of integration between the different modes of formal public transport in the Gauteng province, South Africa. Previous studies conducted has shown that there is spatial connection between these systems. Though, this study explores beyond physical integration but electronic integration. This work therefore investigates the possibilities of how mobile information distribution and payment systems can integrate the Speed train and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng to create a convenient public transport system for commuters. Accordingly, introducing integrated mobile payment system and integrated mobile information distribution for BRT system and the Speed train. A qualitative research study design was used to enable gathering, analysing and data presentation. Explorative, comparative and content analysis were used to collect information. Preliminary results indicate that the formal public transport systems (High speed train and BRT systems) are not integrated, the use of mobile payment systems are not developed, mobile information distribution are only used by the speed train and the integration of formal public transport services through mobile technology are yet to be established. The paper concludes by acknowledging the significance of integrated public transport systems and identifying possibilities of these systems working together promoting viable transportation network. The study recommends the use of integrated mobile technology for public transport as it is safe, fast, reliable, and convenient for both commuters and authorities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formal public transport, integration, Mobile payments, Mobile information distribution.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 08:04
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 08:05
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/547

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