This paper investigated the travels of public transport passengers’ (road) from Ayangburen Taxi Park, Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria with a view toward identifying its challenges and contributions to travel demand. The sources of data used were the structured questionnaire and past literature. The primary data types used were on routes, schedules, travel cost, number of vehicles, number of vehicles’ daily travels, travel time, travel cost, travel length in temporal term, travel purpose, passengers’ waiting time and travel frequency, unexpected breakdown, fuelling challenge, accidents, long journey time, frequent stops. The study used the total number of passengers in ten round trips of a particular day for the sample frame (1,240). The sample size for this study was 10% of the sample frame which translated to 124 completed questionnaires. The sampling technique used for this study was the purposive sampling method because of the lack of pre-determined population and unequal chances for passengers’ representation. The sampling procedure entailed the identification of the motor park, selection of the cabs through the designed method and conduction of the survey directly with the operators and passengers, in order to obtain the relevant data in accordance with the structured questionnaire. Data were analysed through the descriptive (frequency tables) and inferential analyses (stepwise multiple regression). The study found that, the average age of passengers was 36 years, whose average income was
N15, 000. The travel characteristics of passengers revealed that, average passengers’ waiting time for cab was < 15 min, the average travel frequency was 8 times per week, the average travel time was 45 min and the passengers’ average travel length was 1500 m. The inferential model revealed that, the temporal length of trip and waiting time (R2= 30.1%) of respondents made significant contributions to the travel demands of the passengers in the study area. The study concluded with pragmatic strategies such as the provisions of more cabs, fare subsidies and so on, in order to provide a more efficient public transport system in the study area.
Key words: Road, public transportation, passengers’ travels.
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