Appraisal of Travel Behaviours of Public Road Transport Users in Osogbo, Nigeria

Ibrahim, R.B. ; Raheem, W.M. ; Abdulraheem, M.O. (2015)

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This study examines the travel behaviors of public road transport passengers in Osogbo, Osun State Nigeria. It examines passengers’ travel characteristics, operators’ and passengers’ travel challenges and differences in the passengers’ travel characteristics. The study used primary data which were obtained through structured questionnaire administered to 10 percent of 2,560 passengers. The 256 respondents were from four purposively selected motor parks in the study area. Frequency and percentages were used to analyse travel characteristics and challenges, while Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used to examine differences in the travel characteristics of passengers. The study revealed that the average age of passengers was between 31-45 years, while average income ranges between N18,000 – N25,000. Average passengers’ waiting time for cab was less than 15 minutes, while average travel frequency was 8 time per week. Between 20-40 minutes was the average travel time per trip and 1.5 kilometres was average travel distance per passenger. Accidents, vehicle malfunction and frequent stops were the major challenges faced by the passengers. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) shows that there is no significant difference in the travel characteristics across the selected motor parks in the study area. The study recommended pragmatic strategies such as the provisions of more cabs, fare subsidies, pegging of age limit for drivers of public transport among others. This will enhance a more efficient public transport system in the study area.

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