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2017-09-13

Integrating Formal and Informal Transportation Services into a Hybrid Network - A Meeting of the Minds interview with Roger Behrens

Meeting of the Minds talked with Associate Professor Roger Behrens from the University of Cape Town, about planning for hybrid urban transportation systems that include both formal and informal transit services.


Roger Behrens is Director of the Centre for Transport Studies. He is also Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET), a collaborative center for the Universities of Cape Town, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi that focuses on non-motorized transport and public transport, particularly paratransit which are the informal transit services dominant in sub-Saharan African cities.

Roger Behrens' current research activities relate to the integration and improvement of paratransit services, the dynamics and pace of changing travel behavior, the use of transport systems by pedestrians and the urban form prerequisites for viable public transport networks.


Christina Olsen is Program Director at Meeting of the Minds and has been working with the organization for more than 2 years. For the past 15 years, Christina Olsen has provided research, advisory services, project management, planning, and general management to a wide range of sustainability organizations and projects around the world. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and a BA in Environmental Studies – with a joint major in Anthropology – from the University of Victoria.

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