Title

Paratransit Modal Choice in Akure, Nigeria. Applications of Behavioral Models

Authors

A O. Owolabi

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Subject Area

ridership - mode choice, ridership - demand, mode - bike, mode - taxi, mode - paratransit

Keywords

Under developed countries, Travel time, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel demand, Travel behavior, Third world, Taxi services, Paratransit services, Motorcycles, Mode choice, Modal choice, Less developed countries, Journey time, Dial a ride, Developing countries, Choice of transportation, Choice models, Akure (Nigeria)

Abstract

Previous studies have shown that about 97% of the population in Akure, Nigeria depends on public transportation for making trips. Since conventional transit systems often are not readily available in the area, unconventional paratransit modes such as motorcycles and unregistered taxis act as supplements. This study uses a behavioral travel demand model to analyze paratransit modal choice in Akure. The model reveals the influence of transport service qualities and individual peculiarities in modal choice. R-square values indicate that the behavioral model is fairly robust in replicating the observed data. Analyses of model parameters show high constant values in the models for taxi and motorcycle modes, indicating that they have major inherent advantages over other modes. In-vehicle travel time is germane to modal choice in the study area. The different in walking time is given consideration by commuters only when choosing between taxi and other modes.