Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Southern African Transport Conference 12 - 15 July 2004 "Getting recognition for the importance of transport", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. In the 1950’s public transport in South Africa was at its pinnacle. The major cities enjoyed
extensive networks of rail, bus and tram systems. Not only did these systems operate without
subsidy, but the operator paid the authorities for the rights to operate on routes.
During the 1960’s authorities adopted the North American Transportation Planning approach
focusing primarily on private cars. Freeways were built, arterials were widened, tramlines
were buried under bitumen and footway widths were reduced to accommodate parking. This
private car planning philosophy has prevailed for almost half a century.
With the latest policy documents and National Land Transport Transitional Act No.22, 2000
there is a renewed emphasis on putting public transport first. In order to implement this
policy a new transport-planning paradigm is required. This paper investigates a new
paradigm which truly puts public transport and the people first, as opposed to the existing
paradigm which treats public transport and people as a by product to private vehicles.
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