Frequently Asked Questions

T4P stands for Transport for People. This “brand name” is used to reflect the project’s focus on public transport and non-motorised transport (incl. walking), on which most citizens in the four regions depend. In addition, the project will also strive to address the particular challenges that transport users such as lower income groups, women, school children or the disabled are facing.

 

The Northern regions are experiencing rapid growth. Increasing population means more traffic (human and vehicle). The main cities and municipalities require an organised and well thought-out way (i.e. plan) to manage current and future growth in traffic. The T4P project will help the urban areas to grow along a sustainable path and become more liveable and people friendly. At the same time, it will help to address the accessibility and mobility constraints of the population in more rural and remote areas. There will also be an effort made to come to regional solutions by addressing problems that are common to the four regions in a well-orchestrated way.

Large parts of the population do not own their own cars and will continue to rely on a public transport system such as buses or taxis.  However, the current public transport situation with its very thin bus and minibus network and high prices for taxis (especially on rural roads) denies many citizens access to affordable transport. A more efficient and comprehensive public transport system would thus enable the population in urban and rural areas alike to become more involved in the economic and social development of Namibia.

Before we rush out and build new transport infrastructure or introduce new services, we need to make sure that it will suffice for the objectives we have, that we have the necessary financial and human capacity to maintain the system, and that we have a system that does not harm current or future generations.

The year 2015 will thus be used to conduct a stakeholder analysis and scoping study to identify priorities for action. This will include a series of stakeholder workshops and public hearings in all regions. A comprehensive survey programme will also be executed to collect traffic and origin destination data as well as public transport and non-motorised transport data.

These expert studies will enable us to plan accurately for our future needs without causing irretrievable damage to our environment or disadvantaging social groups. In 2016 the Sustainable Transport Master Plan could then be prepared on the basis of these studies and taking into account the needs and aspirations of stakeholders.

In the meantime, MWT with the support of GIZ is also addressing the issue of sustainability through other measures. Besides the continuous development of tertiary educational facilities, it is planned to enable a variety of employees of Namibian institutions to attend professional training courses and develop their skills at international conferences and workshops. In this way, Namibia will eventually be able to introduce, operate and maintain their own transport system without the need for outside experts.

We want to encourage greater use of sustainable transport by the communities and create an inclusive transport system which puts special emphasis on the needs of lower income groups and the population in rural areas. Another reason to focus on better infrastructure for non-motorised transport is that pedestrians (including children) and other non-motorised transport users (e.g. bikers and users of animal-powered vehicles) have a much higher chance to be harmed by traffic accidents than other road users.

You can get involved right away either by posting your idea, opinion, or comment on this web page (send an e-mail to info@transport4people.com.na) or by sending an SMS to the telephone number 081 048 1870.

There will also be Public Meetings/Consultations in all four regions during the month of August 2015. You can get involved by attending these forums and sharing your perspectives. Most importantly, you will be directly or indirectly involved in the plan's implementation as your travel decisions and patterns will take into account of the new and improved transportation system.

Participate and help us improve the current transport system!

In the planning of the transport system at first the needs of pedestrians have to be considered, after that the needs of bicycles, public transport, special service vehicles and finally and only at last the need of other motorised vehicles. Safety and accessibility are primary goals.

An improved public and non-motorised transport system is by definition inclusive. It increases choices for travellers and commuters by providing for safe, reliable and efficient walking, cycling, riding (e.g. on a bus or train), as well as driving experience. Also the taxi industry will benefit from higher public transport patronage, more efficient route networks and well-organised interchange points at main transport nodes.