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Transportation is a cross-sectoral enterprise that requires skills across a broad range of disciplines, including planning, engineering, economics, management, and social sciences. The Centre for Transport Development (CTD) provides a platform for nurturing and coordinating linkages across these various disciplines at UP, to the benefit of both our students and industry partners. As a collaborative research entity, the CTD draws mainly on researchers and academics from the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, with additional specialist skills available from the Department of Town and Regional Planning and the Department of Informatics.

The Centre for Transport Development (CTD) pursues research and continuing education opportunities across four main focus areas:


Upcoming seminar: Advances in Mapping and Planning for Accessibility in Cities

The Centre for Transport Development (University of Pretoria) and the South African Cities Network invite you to an open seminar:

Date: Monday 9 April 2018                           Time: 9:00 to 14:00

Venue: Exhibition space, Engineering 1, Hatfield campus, University of Pretoria

The seminar will present recent advances in the measurement and mapping of accessibility (or reachability) based on land use and transport data, and consider the relevance of such techniques when planning for more connected and inclusive cities.


  • Keynote speaker: Dr Karen Lucas, Professor of Transport & Social Analysis, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Presentations on new techniques for measuring transport equity using accessibility modelling
  • Demonstration of web-based mapping tool for analysing public transport accessibility
  • Applications of accessibility-based planning in cities

Click here for the latest agenda.

Feel free to pass on to others who may be interested.
RSVP by 4 April 2018, to: [email protected]

UP joins BRT+ Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Transport Development has recently joined the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence, an international research collaboration that aims to develop scientific knowledge and dissemination around  planning, design, financing, implementation and operation of BRT in different urban areas. Funded by the Volvo Research and Education Foundation for a five-year period, the Centre is lead by Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pretoria, the University of Sydney and the World Resources Institute as core partners. UP's involvement wil specifically be aimed at promoting and undertaking research and outreach on BRT in the context of African cities and their public transport.

To read more, see the BRT+ COE website.

Do Bus Rapid Transit systems help improve equity?

Research published recently by the Centre for Transport Development looked at the evidence worldwide on the question of whether BRT systems actually help to improve conditions for poorer communities in our cities. Read a recent blog post on The City Fix for more information, or download the full research paper (available for free for a limited time).

Developing a common narrative on urban accessibility

The Brookings Institution (Washington, DC) has published a series of reports aimed at cultivating a conversation amongst transportation, urban planning, and fiscal professionals worldwide around the need for moving from a mobility-based to an accessibility-based paradigm for urban development. Prof Christo Venter from the CTD contributed a piece on the transportation perspective on accessibility, arguing that accessibility concepts need clarification and further operationalisation to become a more useful tool in the transportation toolbox.


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