The Mobility Index is being developed as part of Cape Town’s Transport Development Index. The Mobility Index will provide a benchmark for Cape Town to evaluate its transport progress across a range of areas in the years ahead, in terms of performance oriented service delivery.
To date, transport ‘solutions’ have been based on ad-hoc interventions which are measured after the fact, usually addressing only surface issues based on assumptions. Whereas the TDI determines real data which will enable the City to respond to real facts it also allows us to evaluate TCT’s performance against a measurable baseline and set realizable goals for interventions.
The future of transport lies in data-driven solutions built on user reality. A quantitative approach is absolutely key to execution, monitoring, and improvement of transport solutions. Moreover, the TDI is based on accountability, performance and evaluation, and enables responsive investment based on the user access reality.
The Mobility Index that has been derived from the AD Little methodology but by applying the TDI baseline to the related service delivery interventions. As can be seen from an extract from the AD Little model, urban mobility infrastructure is the main priority for cities in attracting investors and, in the same vein, the highest need for investment in cities between 2007-2017 is in the mobility sector. This is no different in Cape Town, South Africa. The focus for the City of Cape Town is on the service delivery solutions and the related required investment, which has to be refocused around the respective user groups’ priority costs.
The aim is therefore for TCT to join in and be evaluated in terms of the AD Little Mobility Index and at the same time focus on two different areas of intervention to improve on the Index, in accordance with the City of Cape Town’s TDI methodology.
Service delivery priorities
The Mobility Index component of the TDI has identified the service delivery priorities that TCT will focus on in the next five to ten years, in order for Cape Town to be able to move from being profiled as an emerging city as it relates to integrated mobility, to an individualised city where there is a larger share in intermodality and the related efficiencies.
There are two categories of focus in the overall mobility context that the City of Cape Town will be focusing on, namely:
1. The re-orientation of service delivery within the context of the TDI so as to drive down the cost of the user access priority.
2. Additional investment priorities that will improve our investment profile into public transport, also with the focus on the identified user groups.
Cape Town is ranked 73 of 85 cities in th world and 4 out of 6 in Africa with Hong Kong being the top ranking city, Stockholm second and Amsterdam third.