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Africa is in a historic phase of rapid city building. It is creating transport infrastructure and systems that will shape the continent far into the future. Making these transport systems safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable for all is fundamental to livable, productive, low carbon and healthy African cities.
Most African cities rely on some form of semi-formal transport, often minibuses, dominated by fragmented private operators. These transit systems provide a much needed service for many, at no cost for the city. But these services also bring a host of challenges to cities, contributing to traffic congestion, pollution and poor road safety.
Digital technologies are a tremendous opportunity to address these challenges. Public transport data is currently missing for planning integrated public transport, designing passenger information systems, and working with operators to upgrade transit services. With this, DigitalTransport4Africa was born.
We are a collaborative digital commons and global community that scales up and supports urban mobility projects through open data and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Together, let’s –
- DT4A’s Travis Fried and Iman Abubaker released a new article on the importance of mapping paratransit systems in Sub-Saharan African cities. According to the authors: Although […]
- Join DT4A’s Ben Welle from WRI at this year’s ITF Summit in Leipzig, Germany. On May 22nd, he will be presenting on expanding the network and […]
- By Lily Bui and Griffin Kantz, 3/29/2019 When you first start out collecting, analyzing, editing, and visualizing GTFS data, the landscape of available tools can be […]
- WRI’s Celel Tolga Imamoglu writes a fascinating piece on the complicated, and yet essential, role paratransit plays for African city planners and the riders who rely […]