The aim of this dissertation is to promote public transportation by creating an effective terminal facility accessible to all commuters and creating an identifiable landmark within the city. The facility must have adequate services to support users, such as taxi operators, commuters, tenants, traders and the general city dwellers. Construction of the terminal will be funded by government’s budget allocated to upgrading of public transport. The facility will subsequently generate an income through rent from shops, kiosks, hotels and other commercial activities, allowing the terminal financial sustainability. It must promote safety and convenience to the commuter thereby improving comfort. The terminal must offer a public transport infrastructure that will be more advantageous than private transportation, eventually encourage medium and high income population sectors to start using public transportation. Sustained flow of passengers will increase economic opportunity to traders. The methodology for the research of this dissertation will be based on the grounded theory. Factual information will be gathered from similar projects that have been built in recent years and are located around the country. These terminals have allowed South African culture to adapt itself to these types of interventions. Through a qualitative analysis, This dissertation will reveal findings, concepts and hypotheses, that will form a base for the philosophy and finally the design of an integrated commuter centre.
Dissertation (MArch(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2008.