10 jun 2021

Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has won the 5-Year Intelligent Transport Strategy 2027 project to draft a comprehensive strategy for the Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) deployment of smart and sustainable mobility solutions.

The appointment is an extension of an existing partnership between Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa and the JRA, following the drafting of the preceding Intelligent Transport Strategy (ITS) for signal management and traffic monitoring.

The data collected during the previous phase will be used to develop a strategy that incorporates Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Ultimately, the draft strategy aims to improve the mobility experience for residents and visitors to Johannesburg through:

  • Optimised traffic flow,
  • Reduced congestion and travel time,
  • Lower CO2 emissions, and
  • Easier, affordable access to more mobility options.

MaaS and TMaaS

MaaS involves integrating various forms of transport options into a single service that commuters can access on demand, from a single application on their phones. Featuring a diverse menu of mobility offerings, which could include public transport, taxis, ride-sharing, and e-hailing, MaaS makes it more affordable and convenient for people to move around cities.

TMaaS connects transport services providers, like train, bus, and taxi operators, with city managers, to provide an efficient overview of mobility within a city. Offered as a cloud-based service, TMaaS keeps traffic flowing smoothly by rerouting vehicles in response to ever-changing traffic situations.

Aligning with ITS best practice

Part of the project will involve exposure to global best practices and solutions, such as Royal HaskoningDHV’s award-winning traffic optimisation software, Flowtack.

City officials will interact with and learn from smart mobility and sustainable transport planning experts in other countries who are shaping the next-generation transport networks of the future.

What’s more, Royal HaskoningDHV’s merger with ITP, a sustainable transport planning consultancy, means the JRA will be equipped with the best tools and expertise to create a green transport network.