• Mobility and Public Transport

Mobility and Public Transport

This programme area aims to deepen understanding around sustainable, integrated and equitable transport options within broader built environmental contexts.


  • A Transport User Experience Poster seeks to elevate the lived experiences and voices of people using transport systems on a daily basis. The outcomes from two separate projects were used to develop this poster. A photographic based observation technique was used to capture a visual story of the daily travel experience of 5 people using different modes of transport in the city of Johannesburg during transport month. As well as a project where ten different people using different modes in the Gauteng Metros kept a travel diary to map, record and reflect on their travel experience for a full week.
  • The Transit Oriented Density Framework is a report that seeks to engage with the notion of higher density in relation to public transport. Higher urban density along public transport corridors has been a constant pillar of post-apartheid urban policy. However, there is limited insight into what such ‘high density’ actually entails. This report unpacks the concept of density and its relationship to transport to inform a framework for assessing the extent to which areas in cities are transit-oriented. To illustrate how such a framework could be used, it was applied to case study sites in the Cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. The results of these case studies are presented in the report. The report is accompanied by a pull out poster and video outlining and explaining the framework.
  • BRT Impacts at a neighbourhood level Volume 2 is study assessing the impacts which BRT introduction in the Soweto, through Rea Vaya Phase 1 A, has had at the community and neighbourhood level. The study is a follow up to a 2013 study assessing the impacts of the Diepkloof Station. This study repeats the approach to assessing impacts in Diepkloof two years later but also includes an additional station Thokoza Park. The intention of these studies is to provide a baseline analysis for a longer term narrative on the transformation of BRT corridors over time.
  • Public Transport Skills 2015. This research is the first step along a much longer journey of analysing and unpacking the skills and capacities required for Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT), which is a complex and multidisciplinary domain.
  • Minibus Taxi Scenarios 2035. This report is based on a scenario exercise that brought together mobility thought leaders from national government, the cities, the minibus taxi industry and civil society, to explore the possibilities for collaboration, with a focus on innovation, service improvement and integration of the industry with other modes of public transport.
  • How to Build Transit Oriented Cities. This book explores what is needed to achieve transit-oriented city growth and provides useful insights for cities striving to restructure apartheid spatial patterns.
  • Developing a Public Transport Investment Assessment Framework. This report explores how cities can more effectively begin to assess whether public transport investments are yielding desired land development returns and should be read in conjunction with the How to Build Transit Oriented Cities publication.