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Unit 5: Collecting data in public transport
Internal Public data source available.-
Since La Paz-Bus is a new system, the only available internal data is about timetables.
External Public data useful for public transport market research.-
I believe that population data as well as population growth tendencies are vital for the research. This information is gathered and available at the national level. It is the National Statistics Institute that is in charge of managing this info. For instance the last census has finalized on 2012, and we are using this data to calculate our own estimations.
Alan Octavio, could you provide me an info, what exact types of data from your National Statistics are the most useful for you in La Paz?
From the National Statistics there most useful types of data are:
Demography by zones of the city. In La Paz, there are 7 macro-districts and in total 41 districts, which every one is considered a zone. Then, data regarding age, is crucial to know the tyoe of potential users we have a as transport system. the case of La Paz is instresting, since even though it is a developing-world city and the current tendency is of population booming and growth, in our case we are losing population. Then for instance stategies regarding revenue and collecting systems have being designed to serve this new needs and populationn changes.
- What internal data sources on public transport are available in your organisation?
Preston City Council doesn’t produce data itself as Lancashire has responsibility for public transport. They don’t share raw data with us on an automatic basis although they could do in case we have a specific request.
- What external data sources are you aware of in your country that can provide useful secondary data for public transport market research?
There are several sources of external data such as: the UK National Statistics, the Royal Statistical Society, Data.gov.uk (website releasing datasets available from all central government departments and a number of other public sector bodies and local authorities). In the later data base, public transport data can be viewed for example through the National Public Transport Data Repository (NPTDR) which database contains a snapshot of every public transport journey in Great Britain for a selected week in October each year. Also the Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain. Then there are other sources such as Traveline Information Ltd is a partnership of transport operators and local authorities formed to provide impartial and comprehensive information on public transport within the UK.