Establishing the State of Spatial Integratedness of Innovative Public Transport Systems in Gauteng, South Africa

Mbatha, Siphiwe Given and Gumbo, Trynos (2019) Establishing the State of Spatial Integratedness of Innovative Public Transport Systems in Gauteng, South Africa. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 319-327. ISSN 2521-3938

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Travelling requires transportation. Globally, movement of people from one location to the next is done by public transport systems. Developed countries around the world use innovative public transport systems for convenience, reliability and efficiency. Mostly, these systems are integrated in order to make ridership to be desirable and effective. In Africa, public transport is highly used and mostly the public transport systems are not integrated, making travelling by public transport undesired. South African public transport systems are challenged with connectedness. Government at all spheres in the past decade has been trying to developsystems that can work together in order commuters can travel easy around the province. Gautrain and Gaubus has been developed which moves through the three Metropolitan municipalities (the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni) in Gauteng province. In the City of Johannesburg (COJ) and the City of Tshwane (COT) a development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system has been established. Commuters are challenged with switching from one mode of public transport to the next. The systems were introduced to provide effective public transport services. The state and level of integration of the province’s innovative speed train system and the BRT systems has not been sufficiently studied and documented. The systems were introduced to provide a reliable and efficient formal urban public transport services. This paper therefore investigates the state of spatial connectedness of the innovative urban public transport (train and bus systems) and aim to find possibilities to integrate the two systems. The study adopted qualitativeresearch design that facilitated the gathering and analysis of spatial and qualitative data from the urban public transport (Gautrain/Gaubus, A re Yeng (BRT) and Rea Vaya (BRT)) officials/authorities and commuters (Gautrain/Gaubus, A re Yeng (BRT) and Rea Vaya (BRT)) in Gauteng. The study discovered that spatially, there are physical connections between the Rea Vaya, the Gautrain/Gaubus in the COJ and A re Yeng, Gautrain/Gaubus in the COT. However, there are no signals indicating these systems to be connected to each other leading to difficulties for commuters to switch in between the three modes. The work concludes that each mode travel to different routes and places, hence synchronising the system would benefit commuters at large and be able to travel smoothly in the province.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovative public transport, Spatial Integration, Efficiency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 21:02
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 21:02

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