Lagos: analysis of public transport users’ socioeconomic characteristics

This paper presents the findings of the study of socioeconomic characteristics of public transport users in metropolitan Lagos. Specifically, it provides detailed analysis of the public transport users, disaggregated by gender, marital status, age, education level, employment, income, auto-ownership and household size, with a view to engender the identification of groups of passengers who exhibit similar behaviours.

The identification of these groups can help establish regular patterns in the way passengers use public transit and characterize the demand accordingly.

The average user was male (60.3%), aged 32.9 ± 0.289 years, with an average income of N57,140.55 ± 1,446.86 and household size of 4.92 ± 0.052 persons, having acquired 12.84 ± 0.119 years of formal education, traveling 25.479 ± 0.4307 kilometres daily in 110.29 ± 3.318 minutes on public transport on an average cost of N712.83 ± 29.749.

The paper concludes that without a clear understanding of these patterns, it would be difficult to make accurate demand forecast, necessary for service planning and policy formulation.

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Publication Type Journal
Publisher Urban, Planning and Transport Research
Year 2015
Author(s) Taofiki Salau
Other Numbers Vol. 3: 1, pp.132-139
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