Bus rapid transport in South African cities
Astrid presents her research at Pretoria conference
On 12th July Astrid Wood presented part of her PhD research, on South Africa's application of the bus rapid transit (BRT) model, to delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC), Getting Southern Africa to Work.
SATC is an annual conference hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Tshwane, South Africa. It is the largest transport conference in the region, creating a platform for dialogue on issues ranging from finance to public transport. Astrid addressed several hundred delegates, sharing the platform with key politicians and consultants.
Astrid’s research is based on her fieldwork investigating how cities learned of BRT, aiming to help late adopters to benefit from their local predecessors. She takes a holistic approach to learning across six major South African cities, outlining the historical relationship between South African and South American cities which led leaders to apply BRT in South Africa. Her presentation concluded by arguing for greater sharing between cities, through platforms such as SATC, as they move forward with BRT implementation.
Her account was later published in the Financial Mail, the most widely read English language business weekly in South Africa.
Astrid's contribution can be viewed on the FM website: http://www.fm.co.za/incoming/2012/07/19/fm-graphs-of-the-week#3
Her presentation can also be viewed on the SATC website: http://satc.org.za/index.php?page=1000351