oa South African Journal of Information Management - Spatial information systems in managing public transport information

Volume 6 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



In the last decades, the trend of actively promoting public transport over private car use in order to reduce traffic congestion and its costs has established itself worldwide. This positive development is often compounded by the fact that the use of public transport is for a number of reasons unattractive to most people who own private vehicles. As an attempt to remove the stigma attached to public transport and improve the services, most public transport service planners collect data on usage and location of facilities. Nowadays, most of the data are collected electronically, in digital format. This data, therefore, need to be effectively managed by the computer. An effective analysis of this data, which allows for the evaluation of public transport systems, is also required. This article highlights the development of a prototype spatial information system to assist in managing, analysing and manipulating this data. The database is designed using the object-relational model. A discussion of sample analyses that can be performed in the prototype is provided.

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