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ERIC Number: ED529980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-6024-2
Qatar's School Transportation System: Supporting Safety, Efficiency, and Service Quality. Monograph
Henry, Keith; Younossi, Obaid; Al-Dafa, Maryah; Culbertson, Shelly; Mattock, Michael G.; Light, Thomas; Rohr, Charlene
RAND Corporation
In consideration of the many challenges associated with Qatar's continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators on Qatar's STS, identifies a vision and goals for the STS, reviews international norms for school transportation, and discusses strategies to achieve the vision and better align Qatar's STS with international norms. The authors articulate four elements of a vision for Qatar's STS: Provide safe, efficient, and high-quality transportation for Qatar's students; support educational options by enabling mobility and access; provide a transportation experience that is supportive of Qatari values and culture; and minimize the impact on traffic congestion and the environment. The authors recommend 13 strategies to help achieve this vision, such as establishing clearly marked schools zones with standardized safety features and establishing standards for licensing and training bus drivers. The authors also provide a preliminary evaluation of several other strategies with less certain costs and benefits, such as changing the composition of the school bus fleet, implementing bus stops, and staggering school start times. Each chapter contains footnotes. Appended are: (1) Parent Survey: Supplemental Information; (2) Overview of School Transportation in Other Gulf Cooperation Council Countries; (3) Bus Routing Model; and (4) Documentary Support for Strategie. (Contains 36 figures and 20 tables.) [This monograph was written with Sarah Al-Dorani, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Mashail Al-Naimi, Louay Constant, Mohammed Makki, Georgette Mansour, Joy S. Moini, Parisa Roshan, Paul Sorensen and Flavia Tsang and prepared for the Qatar Amiri Diwan.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND-Qatar Policy Institute
Identifiers - Location: Qatar