Abdulkadir Umar, Prof. Andrew Egba Ubogu, Dr. Olanrewaju Yusuf Yahaya


The study assessed tricycle operation as a means of public transportation system in urban Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria. Purposive sampling technique was adopted in selecting the busiest tricycle terminals in urban Katsina. A total of 171 questionnaires were systematically administered to the registered tricycle operators to gather Information on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, factors responsible for the expansion in the adoption of tricycle as a means of public transportation, nature of activity of tricycle operation and challenges confronting tricycle operation. Data obtained were analyzed using both descriptive statistic (Frequency Tables and Charts) and inferential statistic (Factor Analysis). Findings revealed that unemployment was the reason why more than half (53%) of the respondents adopted tricycle operation. The extracted variables after factor rotations shows that traffic congestion (72.7% loading), bad driving habit of drivers using the roads (73.7% loading) and attack from passengers (71.8% loading) were found to be the most important factors affecting the operation of tricycle in urban Katsina. The study recommended that tricycle public transport should be upgraded to accommodate large number of passengers and more should be provided to reduce the level of unemployment among the youths. 


Tricycle; Adoption; Operation; System; Transportation and Katsina

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