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Operational Challenges and Mega Sporting Events Legacy: The Case of BRT Systems in the Global South

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1h 0NN, UK
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Urban and Regional Planning, University of Free State, 205 Nelson Mandela Dr, Park West, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa
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Institute for Urban Research, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
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Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment—COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Av. Pedro Calmon, 550 Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21941-901, Brazil
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Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1609; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041609
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 10 February 2020 / Accepted: 18 February 2020 / Published: 21 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
This paper examines the bus rapid transit (BRT) legacies of mega sporting events (MSEs) held in the Global South cities of Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. It discusses the extent to which these transport systems have been operationally sustainable, post-MSE; in other words, their ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level and hence their ability to act as public good as planned and according to specific needs. It argues that in both cities, long-term operational challenges have emerged due to conflictual temporalities between the priorities of the MSE and the mid/long term requirements of a transport system, supplemented by a poor spatial contextualisation of BRT design. These include financial viability, providing a service with appropriate frequency and capacity, integration with other transport systems, and resilience to external shocks such as extreme weather. These findings have key academic and policy implications both by opening further areas of research towards MSEs as a tool to deliver sustainable urban transport, and provides important lessons for future MSE hosts and cities considering BRT. View Full-Text
Keywords: mega sporting events; bus rapid transit; Global South; sustainable transport mega sporting events; bus rapid transit; Global South; sustainable transport
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Ferranti, E.; Andres, L.; Denoon-Stevens, S.P.; Melgaço, L.; Oberling, D.; Quinn, A. Operational Challenges and Mega Sporting Events Legacy: The Case of BRT Systems in the Global South. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1609.

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