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The Transport and Urban Development Authority has both political and administrative leadership. TDA is led by the Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for the Transport and Urban Development Authority, Councillor Brett Herron and the Commissioner of The Transport and Urban Development Authority. Policy is set by the political leadership and implemented collaboratively by the administrative leadership.
Most successful transport authorities have a combination of a political champion and a strategic administrator who work in partnership to drive forward the transport agenda. In Cape Town, the establishment of TDA, which started with the development of the By-law, was successful due to the partnership between the Mayoral Committee Member for TDA and the Commissioner for TDA who have the same objective but different roles. This partnership is critical in order to execute and deliver TDA’s comprehensive integrated transport agenda going forward. Not only is there a common purpose but the performance-oriented service delivery and investment agenda will be given the strategic emphasis that will enable both the administrative and decision-making processes to be pioneering.
Councillor Brett Herron is the Mayoral Committee Member: TDA
A lawyer by profession, he is the political champion for TDA including the many facets of transportation as well as Transit Oriented Development in Cape Town. He serves as the Chairperson for the City's Land Transport Advisory Board (LTAB) established in terms of the National Land Transport Act, 2009 (NLTA).
He is the councillor for Ward 52 (which includes Devils Peak, Woodstock and Observatory) and also the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nominations Committee responsible for naming, renaming and memorialisation in the City of Cape Town.
Melissa Whitehead is the Commissioner for Transport and Urban Development Cape Town and has been involved in various aspects related to the transport field since 1997. She holds an undergraduate degree in Town and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Environmental Planning for Developing Countries, which focused on all sectors of the built environment including transport.
Among her many accomplishments have been the formulation and implementation of the Gauteng Strategic Action Agenda for Transport (2007), which included a transformation strategy related to public transport; development of the integrated transport norms and standards for Gauteng Province which covered the entire transportation lifecycle; and the development of a monitoring and evaluation toolkit for the National Department of Transport to improve service delivery and accountability for all of their transport related entities, provinces and metros.
Melissa is regarded as a transport and Transit Oriented Development activist who is vigorously tackling this inequitable and car-focused legacy driving investment in public transport infrastructure. She is also the Chairperson of the Intermodal Planning Committee (IPC).
These are structures established by The Transport and Urban Development Authority in terms of the National Land Transport Act of 2009.
The NLTA requires municipalities that are moving towards an integrated public transport agenda to establish a Land Transport Advisory Board (LTAB) and Intermodal Planning Committee (IPC) consisting of officials, decision-makers and representatives of rail operators, road-based public transport services, users, organised business, government and key state-owned enterprises.
These stakeholder structures functions are to co-ordinate public transport between the modes to achieve the objectives of the NLTA. As part of its establishment, TDA determined the necessity of both the LTAB and IPC along with its subcommittees to facilitate peer review and coordination on the strategic transport agenda. This has been derived from the Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan (CITP) and the Integrated Public Transport Network 2032 (IPTN).