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Quality of the paratransit service (tricycle) and its operation in Aba, Nigeria: An analysis of customers' opinions

Obioma R. Nwaogbe, C. C. Ibe, S. I. Ukaegbu
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 6, No 1 | a64 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v6i1.64 | © 2012 Obioma R. Nwaogbe, C. C. Ibe, S. I. Ukaegbu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2012 | Published: 30 November 2012

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Obioma R. Nwaogbe, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
C. C. Ibe, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
S. I. Ukaegbu, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

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Abstract

This study examines the quality of the paratransit service and its operations in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria, with a view to identifying its challenges and contributions to informal transport and equitable service distribution to the residents of Aba. Structured questionnaires and past literature were used as sources of data. The primary data included road networks, number of trips per day by operators, operating speed, and purpose of travel, passengers' security, tricycle speed, and waiting time. The study was conducted by using two questionnaires: one for the operators and the other for tricycle users. The total number of completed questionnaires for the survey was 100 for operators and 229 for users. The sampling technique used was random sampling from several zones of the study area. Data were analysed using percentage and Chi-square statistical techniques for testing the hypotheses with the Minitab 11.0 version package. The study found that 92% of operators reported a high level of road network deterioration, and 61% reported making 9-12 trips per day. The hypothesis test was used to study people's feelings about the attributes of the service provided for paratransit users, such as affordability, regularity, comfort and safety. It was found that there is no significant difference at the 5% level between the various categories of these respondents.

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