This study analyses the operational characteristics of public transportation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, and provides baseline information that can contribute tothe renewed effort at improving the current service level by the FCT administration. Relevant data were collected through questionnaire administration to 315 public transport operators at 17 major public transport terminals in five of the most populated Area Councils of the FCT. The selections of the terminals were justified on the conditions of the- population strength of the settlements and clusters of activities which could serves as commuter consolidation point. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistical methods like percentages, means and charts. The result shows that most owners operated public transport vehicles in the FCT are small-sized, owned by individual operators, purchased mainly through personal savings and loans from cooperatives/unions. The vehicles at the time of the survey appeared old and rickety, their operations did not follow well defined schedules on routes and their fares were unpredictable. Incidences of overloading and multiple stopping enroute to pick and drop passengers were rife. These factors accounted for poor quality services, longer transit time which served as a disincentives to car-owning groups within the FCT. The paper recommends strict standard setting, enforcement of regulations for the operators and training of the public transport drivers and conductors by the relevant organs of FCT administration. Furthermore, a collaborative effort by the private organizations and the Area Councils in providing sound, neat and safe public transport vehicles for commuters is recommended with a view to increasing the service frequency as well as, reducing waiting time and public transport fare, thereby making the use of public transportation more attractive to the commuters with or without private cars in the FCT.
PAPER TITLE :OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA, NIGERI
FUTA JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 2016
- Author(s) : Ojekunle, J. A.