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Household Travel Survey Underway

Work on the phase 2 of the Household Travel Survey (HTS) is well underway. This was confirmed by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath, after visiting enumerators
03 Aug 2018 10:00
Household Travel  Survey Underway
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Vijay Nath (left), with HTS enumerator Wainikiti Lewaicei, inside the home of HTS respondent Solomoni Rakanace together with daughter Titilia Rakanace. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

Work on the phase 2 of the Household Travel Survey (HTS) is well underway.

This was confirmed by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath, after visiting enumerators currently conducting HTS in the Western Division.

“This survey collects information about day-to-day travel in Fiji such as, how, where and when we travel,” he said.

“The HTS results give us an idea on travel behaviours and the patterns in the choices of travel by all types of people – information which is vital for developing transport policy including road safety, public transport, walking, and cycling.”

Mr Nath said so far, survey works is on schedule and targeted number of households to be surveyed has been achieved.

“Out of the targeted 115 enumeration areas nationwide, a total of 101 have been completed,” he said.

“In doing so, 2121 households have been surveyed which is more than the targeted 2000 households.”

He said the HTS would complement the work undertaken by transport planners and further assisted Government in making sound policy advice that would enhance development in the transport sector.

“Transport stakeholders such as the Land Transport Authority can access information relevant to the way people travel and the modes of transport used by the people of Fiji.

Mr Nath further said the database produced in the HTS could also assist the maritime industry by providing the purpose of why people travel between our maritime islands.

“It also assists policy makers in ascertaining the level of economic activities generated in the rural and maritime islands,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Phase 2 of the Household Travel Survey is expected to be completed by the end of August.

 

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