O. J. Omirin
As a strategy to address persistent intra-city transportation challenges in Ibadan metropolis, especially in the face of rapid population increase and urban sprawl, the study explored residents’ perceived potentials of introducing intra-city mass rail transport system in the metropolis. Both primary and secondary data were sourced and used for the study.
Discontinued skeletal intra-city rail system that was introduced in the metropolis, together with existing major traffic corridors was used in selecting five traffic corridors from which systematic random sampling technique was used in selecting 582 residential buildings from 67,540 residential buildings found within 100 metre cordon created on both sides
of these corridors. A set of questionnaire was used in obtaining relevant information, especially on socio-economic characteristics and travel behaviour, from household heads selected at the rate of one per selected building. In-depth interviews were conducted with a cross-section of major stakeholders in the metropolis on their perceived potentials and challenges of mass intra-city rail system. Secondary data were obtained from both published and unpublished sources. Descriptive statistics was used in analyzing quantitative data obtained, while qualitative data were content analysed. The study revealed that intra-city rail mass transit
system is perceived to have very high potentials in the metropolis in terms of traffic congestion reduction, reduction in per-capita crash rate, increased modal choice for the residents, enhanced consumer savings, and employment creation. Major challenges envisaged for the mass transit system include change in transport culture and orientation and huge infrastructure outlay among others. Strategies were proposed to address the identified challenges.