Week 14 Transportation Hubs

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Throughout Cape Town there are multiple transport hubs that serves a large amount of people everyday. People from inside and outside the city depend on these transport hubs to commute to work, school, or other places in the city. Whether people use one of a combination of the train, mini bus taxi, MiCity bus, and/or golden arrow bus, these transport hubs are critical for having nearby access between trains and buses. People coming from the townships spend the most time commuting every day. Train carts are outdated and are seen unreliable by a large population of people living in Cape Town. Delays are a frequent problem, which is why people choose not to take the train in Cape Town.

Not all hubs have access to other parts of the city. In some places, people have to take a longer commute because there is no direct mini bus or bus access to a part of the city. For many low-income people they cannot get to their destinations directly so they have to transfer. They have no choice but to wait for the trains and buses because they have to get to the city to work and provide for themselves and families.

Safety is a major problem many of the hubs encounter on a regular basis. The main concern is theft. Traveling alone is not really recommended and especially when it begins getting dark out. Pickpocketing is common to happen. People are even stealing pieces of the train tracks and selling the metal to make some quick money. Depending on the location of the station, there is a difference in who is using the train at that area. Some neighborhoods are transforming and the stations are being updated more than other stations that have higher demands.

The station I got to observe was Bellville. I went inside and talked to people who worked for protective services to learn more about Bellville station. The trains have been around for more than fifty years and the Bellville station has been around for more than sixty years. The station has a capacity of eight hundred to one million people moving around every day. The surrounding area is residential and seventy percent of the people that live in Bellville use a train, bus, or taxi to get to work. When it comes to safety, eighty percent of the security at night in the station is private because it is cheaper than paying a staff worker. The biggest Metro_overcrowdproblem in the station is robbery and assault. The staff has meetings with police every morning at 8 am to decide on which areas at the station to be overlooking the most based on where people are being robbed at a higher rate. Security walks at the platforms to ensure the safety of passengers and prevent infrastructure theft. Security is also there to help out and they assist people at the station and at the taxi and bus rank when they are lost so they can get on the right one safely and on time.

Transit oriented development has to integrated into these central hubs for cities to effectively move people where they need to go. Public transportation has to work together and the buses and trains need to be invested in more. The infrastructure is outdated and it is time for cities to have faster and safer trains for people to reliably depend on public transportation. As an outcome, the more people who begin to use public transport will decrease some number of cars from the road and help alleviate traffic.

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