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Could minibus taxis go mainstream?
25 July 2018 | Story Sarah Middleton. Read time 6 min.
Chris Plano, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has won an award for his paper exploring the willingness of minibus-taxi owners and drivers to integrate into a hybridised public transport network in Cape Town.
He received the award for the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Transportation Engineering Division – Best Paper by a Young Professional at the Southern African Transport Conference 2018 held in Pretoria earlier in July.
Plano’s award-winning paper is titled “Towards a stated choice methodology to determine minibus-taxi driver willingness to provide off-peak feeder service”.
The MyCiti service – Cape Town’s integrated rapid transit (IRT) system – is made up of main trunk routes and smaller feeder services.
Plano said, “The idea is that the trunk service is bigger vehicles with more passengers on arterial roads – they are carrying the bulk of the passengers – and then feeders are picking people up on neighbourhood streets and bringing them to the trunk services to go longer distances.”