Transportation Planning

Transportation planning deals with the assessment, planning, evaluation and design of various transport facilities such as roads, freeways, bicycle lanes, public transportation, freight corridor and logistic hubs. Typically, it deals with identifying the problem, generating alternatives, evaluating them and finally identifying the feasible solution.

Koleko Solutions has recently completed a public transport study in the Linksfield area in Johannesburg. Koleko Solutions is currently involved with the S’hamba Sonke Programme (SSP) for the National Department of Transport. To know more about these projects or about our other transportation planning projects, please contact us.

Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

Bicycling and walking are often referred to as non-motorised transport. Walking and bicycling are essential in making our cities vibrant and livable. Besides the health benefits of walking and bicycling, these modes of transport also help reduce the carbon emissions, making our cities greener and cleaner.

NMT is not limited to bicycling and walking and encompasses a wide variety of road users including the physically challenged, skateboarders, elderly and even animal drawn carts in rural areas. Koleko can design NMT facilities to include a range of road users.

NMT facilities are usually physically separated from vehicular traffic. However lately, there is a new school of thinking, called Shared Spaces, where the physical demarcation between vehicular traffic and pedestrians are minimised. This is often done by removing traffic signals, curbs, road markings and restrictions.

Public transport plays a key role in nearly all sustainable transport policies and strategies. Bus, taxis and rail transport provides a means of mass transportation that minimises congestion and environmental impacts, while allowing people to make their journeys.  A critical component of public transport planning is its integration with other modes of transport such as bicyclists and pedestrians.

There are various components within public transport planning which includes Bus-Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), metro, monorail, buses, taxis and heavy/commuter rail. Read more about Public Transportation.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT MASTER PLANS

As the name suggests, it is a comprehensive plan for an area or region or city where all modes of transport are taken into consideration. Based on the vision of an area or the proposed land use, a strategic plan is developed in order to meet the future demands. This plan brings together land use planning and transportation planning and caters to both freight and people.

Public transportation, road safety, Non-Motorised Transport (NMT), passenger cars, infrastructure planning, phasing of infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and taxis are some of the components of a Transportation Master Plan. The various components are decided based on the location, the size of the study area, demographics, socio-economics of the area and existing development plans and legislation such as the spatial development framework (SDF), National Development Plan (NDP) and Town Planning Schemes.

Integrated Transport Plan is an overarching strategic document that sets out the long term investment programme for transportation projects. It is a comprehensive plan that takes all modes into account and covers all responsibilities of all transport officials.

Some of the components of an ITP for a metropolitan municipality are public transport, road safety, NMT, vehicular traffic, infrastructure planning, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), freight and parking are all components of an ITP. However for a smaller rural municipality, the ITP may focus on scholar transport, road safety, NMT and modeling of future demand for vehicular traffic.

INTEGRATED TRANSPORT PLANS