Innovation Adaptation in Urban Light-Rail Transport. Adapting Pricing and Infrastructural Innovations using Frugal Approach in Ethiopia and Nigeria’

Official project title:  Innovation Adaptation in Urban Light-Rail Transport. Adapting Pricing and
                                  Infrastructural Innovations using Frugal Approach in Ethiopia and Nigeria’
Project Leader:          Dr. Taslim Alade
Duration:                   2014 - PhD Defence May 2020 (EUR)
Promoter:                  Prof. dr. Jurian Edelenbos
Co-promoter:             Dr. Alberto Gianoli

Taslim completed his PhD research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In recent years, Taslim focused his research efforts on the difficult task of adapting Light-Rail Transport (LRT) by cities in transition.

Adapting Light-Rail Transport (LRT) for the first time by cities in transition to LRT might initially be an uphill task, depending on how the receiving city understands how to interact with the LRT providers and international multi-actors, while managing the limited human, financial and time resources using a frugal approach. To achieve this, a systematic effort is required by the LRT receiving city, to systematize the process that will guarantee the success of the LRT implementation. Taslim’s first article aimed to understand how the multi-actor interaction processes and absorptive capacity structure delivered frugality in urban rail transport; providing affordable transport to the Bottom of Pyramid (BoP) passengers and a fraction of modal-shift from other motorized transport modes to light-rail public transport. The second article aimed firstly to know how the pricing and infrastructural innovations of LRT from a Chinese context was transferred to the Addis-Ababa context. Secondly, what were the social, economic and environmental effects of these contextualized innovations on passenger service delivery, Multi-National Corporations (MNCs), city environment, resident’s proximity and business activities along the LRT routes. Thirdly, why did the effects of these contextualized innovations on passengers, MNCs, and residents lead to re-modifications? The third article analysed the similarities and differences in contextual factors between Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria and between Ethiopia and Nigeria. The fourth article focused on the two gap dimensions of a service quality loop for light-rail transport. These are targeted and delivered service quality from the multi-actors and perceived service quality from the passengers.

This research is not only valuable for Addis-Ababa, Lagos, or Abuja. All over the world, these inputs can be used to effectively adapt transportation systems in cities with similar economic and social realities.

 

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