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Gershwin Fortune is the acting Executive Director of the City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Cape Town (1998) and a Master’s in Engineering (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University (2006).
He has 19 years’ experience predominantly in local government and international experience with the World Bank. His career has traversed the transportation planning and engineering disciplines covering integrated transport planning, transport policy formulation, transport system management improvements, traffic engineering, public transport planning and design, non-motorised transport planning and design, travel demand management, transport demand modelling, project management and integration. He has been involved in the Cape Town’s MyCiTi BRT project since its inception in 2008 leading the technical system planning and guiding the successful roll-out of the MyCiTi services. In 2011, Gershwin was appointed Manager: System Planning and Modelling responsible for the development of the city’s Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) plan.
In 2016 he joined the World Bank as an Urban Transport Specialist, returning to the City of Cape Town in 2017 as Portfolio Manager: Integrated Transport to drive the establishment of an integrated transport network.

Sessions

  • June 12: Opening Pandora’s Box: Transforming Cities and Reaching Operational Excellence through BRT Systems

    Lessons from Cape Town: rolling out Bus Rapid Transit in an African city

    Summary of the speech for Summit website (max. 900 characters incl. spaces)

    Cape Town’s Bus Rapid Transit system, MyCiTi, commenced operations in 2010 and is an integral part of Cape Town’s Integrated Public Transport Network. Urban planning that incorporates mixed land use is an important factor in MyCiTi’s successes and challenges over the past decade. Apartheid’s legacy of urban sprawl and the location of poor, black communities in townships has shaped transit patterns in Cape Town in a way that limits seat renewal on public transport vehicles and encourages peak travel. Transit-oriented development aims to support the financial sustainability of public transit services by ensuring that the urban form is oriented to public transit networks with the majority of households in walking distance of a station and stops.

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