The Future of Intra City Motor Transport in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria

Every human activity that demands movements is predicated on transport. Its supply depicts a fairly rigid framework in which very flexible subsystems depend. Building without speculating for its future expansion is an invitation to chaos for Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world. Abuja, the federal capital, is only 13 years old. The city CBD is serviced by a grid road network. The zone services commuters from the satellite neighborhoods located radially within a range of 3-80km. Entry and exit points of the city are basically dual carriageways which receive free and fast flowing traffic from several other dual carriages. Within the city center, peak periods are characterized by stagnant jams while the linkage access roads observe as many as 60-100 vehicles per minute at any given point. Centroids are used to evaluate travel time and distance which vary from zone to zone. This method is effective in compensating for minor differences in distances traveled by residents within the same neighborhoods. The bulk of traffic is of car owner status. Origin (source) - destination matrices are established to confirm the volume and direction of flow. The city transport system lacks inter modal integration. It is characterized by physical engineering weaknesses and journey hazards, which increase the cost and time of travel. Absence of mass transit operations account for greater congestion especially during peak travel periods which occur twice a day.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 67-72
  • Monograph Title: Urban Transport XI: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century

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  • Accession Number: 01000803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 184564008X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2005 1:00PM