Services Spatial Planning Transportation Planning

“A car is like your mother-in-law: you have to have good relationship with her, but she cannot command your life.”
~ Jaime Lehrer, TED Talk, March 2007


Transport is an integral spatial building block of any city as it gives shape and structure to it. Urban transportation acts as the veins of a city, carrying people and creating economic opportunities along its path. On the upside, this structuring quality of transportation, especially in the form of public transport, can be aligned to shape and direct growth towards nodes and corridors of development and compaction. However, in many cities, transport investment is primarily structured around the private vehicle user, contributing to fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, urban sprawl and often segregated cities.

Given the impact of these GHG emissions on climate change, the global agenda set through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the agenda for large cities, now is to increase sustainable transport options in order to reduce traffic while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050. MCA is therefore a focal advocate for sustainable transportation, especially following the principles of Transit-Orientated-Development.

MCA has been involved with many innovative transport orientated projects ranging from developing guidelines around scenic routes to providing spatial and land use input into Transport Frameworks (motorised and non-motorised) within Cape Town and the Western Cape. MCA has furthermore been involved in many rail studies, including the Cape Town Station Revitalisation project and the Atlantis Rail corridor project.