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ASSESSMENT OF COMMUTER PREFERENCES OF 14-SEATER PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES VERSUS ALTERNATIVE MODES OF PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSPORT IN NAIROBI CITY

Isaac Koimur, Lawrence K. Kangogo and Richard Bitange Nyaoga
Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus College, Nakuru-Kenya.E-mail: isaackoimur@gmail.com Egerton University, Egerton-Kenya. E-mail:kibetlawrence@gmail.com Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus College, Nakuru-Kenya.E-mail: rnyaoga@yahoo.com
Abstract :

In the year 2010, the Kenya government announced that 14-seater vans, commonly referred to as “matatus”, were to be phased out so as to reduce traffic congestion on the roads and also to ensure efficient commuter movement. Travelers on Kenyan roads have not experienced public transport system without 14-seater PSVs. Little is known about the perception of commuters concerning the relative efficiency of 14-seater vehicles in the city of Nairobi over the alternative PSV modes. It is therefore needful to establish whether or not the phasing out of 14-seater PSVs would lead to the realization of the intended objective of decongesting motorized traffic in the city’s roads. The population was low-cadre employees at the headquarters of government ministries in Nairobi and random sampling method was used to select the ministries. Departments in the ministries were also identified through random sampling. Desired data was collected through the administration of a questionnaire. The data was analyzed using χ2 -test, linear regression model with respect to time and fare charged and analysis of variance. The study established that: travel time from house to workplace; the existence of alternative routes, and; fare charged, influenced choice of 14-seater PSV over the other alternative PSV modes. It is recommended that a comparative policy analysis should be undertaken to come up with a hybrid PSV policy that can serve the Kenyan commuter. Also, the government should not phase out 14-seater PSVs by force but increase taxes and levies on 14-seater PSVs which would by extension make fare high and hence make commuters shy away from the 14-seater PSVs. 

Keywords :
Commuter preference, Low-cadre employees, Matatu, Mode of transport, PSVs.

Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2016 15:45

Last Modified : 28 Mar 2016 15:45

Official URL: http://www.pressacademia.org/journals/jbef/archives/volume-3-issue-1

Volume 3, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2146 - 7943

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