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Meeting of the Minds: Planning & Implementing BRT in South Africa

Senior Writer Kate O’Brien spoke by phone with Dr. Herrie Schalekamp, ACET (African Centre of Excellence in Transport) Research Officer at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Transport Studies. Since 2008, Dr. Schalekamp has been involved at the Centre in research, teaching and management focused on investigating and improving transit operations and regulation in Sub-Saharan African cities.

A big assumption was that BRT would take root and work well in South Africa simply because it has been so successful across Latin America. Unfortunately, while yes, BRT has been very successful in Latin American cities, as with most things, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to transit.

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Kate O'Brien is a consultant and writer for the monthly Global Mobility Research blog series with Meeting of the Minds. A collaborative consultant focused on coaching, capacity building, and facilitation, Kate supports change agents and their transformative work in communities across the United States.

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