CODATU - Paratransit in the World: Between informality and institutionalization

Université Aix-Marseille, Saint-Charles Campus (3 Place Victor Hugo)

2017-03-02 07:00 - 18:00 (UTC)
In several urban areas, inhabitants lack formal public transport options for their daily travel needs. This lack of options, or the inefficiencies of existing options, explains the emergence of transport solutions coming from private and often individual entrepreneurs. The result is the so-called “paratransit” sector. Paratransit services rely on independent operators and/or micro-companies. Operations are characterised by the autonomy entrusted in drivers and other persons in charge of daily operations. The need to encourage more sustainable transport solutions might benefit from focusing on these flexible and collective transport Solutions.

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  Université Aix-Marseille, Saint-Charles Campus (3 Place Victor Hugo)

Trainer: Arnaud Passalacqua: Paratransit, institutional, informal? Paris’ public transport from the ‘paratransit’ concept perspective (19th and 20th centuries)
Original title: Artisanal, institutionnel, informel ? Les transports publics parisiens à l’aune des concepts centraux du transport artisanal (XIXe-XXe siècles)

Lourdes Diaz Olvera, Didier Plat & Pascal Pochet: Production forms multiplicity of a commercial service: Lome’s mototaxis
Original title: Multiplicité des formes de production d’un service marchand essentiel : Les motos taxis de Lomé

Mustapha Chouiki: Three-wheelers as a public transport mode recently developed in Morocco, between informal and paratransit services
Original title: Le mode de transport par triporteur récemment développé au Maroc, entre informalité et artisanat

Adrien Lammoglia: Does real-time communication between agents allow for paratransit efficiency improvement? Simulation and comparison of models from the Dakar context
Original title: La communication en temps-réel entre des agents permet-elle d’améliorer l’efficacité d’un transport artisanal? Simulation et comparaison de modèles inspirés du contexte dakarois

Roger T. Malack: Private public transport services in the face of computer-based solutions
Original title: Les transports publics particuliers de personnes à l’épreuve des plate-formes numériques

Nico McLachlan: Urban Mobility Reform in cities of the developing world: The challenges involved in making hybrid systems work
(Presentation in English)

Amr Ramadan: Informality and the dilemma of the microbus sector in the Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area
(Presentation in English)

Arundathi & Sara Zia: E-rickshaws: Sustainable paratransit
(Presentation in English)

Marie Dols: Paratransit in the urban South: Acknowledging stakeholders’ relationships
Original title: Transport artisanal dans les villes du Sud: Prise en compte du jeu d’acteurs

Ibrahima Ndiaye: Paratransit in Dakar: A strenuous formalisation?
Original title: Les transports artisanaux à Dakar: Une laborieuse formalisation?

Christian Kalieu: Douala’s camps-motos: An alternative to informality
Original title: Les camps-motos de Douala: Une alternative à l’informalité

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Name: Léa Wester, Pablo Salazar Ferro


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Course Structure: Each session will be chaired by a transport expert and it is organised around one particular subject pertaining to Paratransit services. For each thematic session, there are three 15-min presentations. Furthermore, a professional from the urban transport field will complete the panel to discuss his/her visions on the three previous presentations.

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Registration: It is necessary to send a message including name and contact details (e-mail) to the contact persons to be included in the list that grants access to the university.

Partner: CESSMA – (Centre d’études en sciences sociales sur les mondes africains, américains et asiatiques),
UMR 7300 E.S.P.A.C.E.

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