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Qatar's School Transportation System

Qatar's School Transportation System: Supporting Safety, Efficiency, and Service Quality

Keith Henry
Obaid Younossi
Maryah Al-Dafa
Shelly Culbertson
Michael G. Mattock
Thomas Light
Charlene Rohr
Sarah Al-Dorani
Hamad Al-Ibrahim
Mashail Al-Naimi
Louay Constant
Mohammed Makki
Georgette Mansour
Joy S. Moini
Parisa Roshan
Paul Sorensen
Flavia Tsang
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 154
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    Qatar's School Transportation System
    Book Description:

    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 parents’ and school administrators’ perspectives on Qatar’s STS, identifies a vision and goals for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve the vision and better align Qatar’s STS with international norms.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7745-5
    Subjects: History, Transportation Studies, Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xviii)

    In recent years, Qatar has experienced dramatic development and population growth. Traffic has increased substantially, and student enrollments continue to grow. The State of Qatar has embarked on many educational reform efforts, the most significant of which is the implementation of Independent Schools in 2005 (Brewer et al., 2006). Among many educational reforms, one option being considered under the Independent School model is wider school choice, allowing parents to choose schools for their children regardless of where they live. This expansion of school choice is likely to increase the need for school transportation and adds complexity to school transportation operations....

  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xx)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    In consideration of the challenges associated with Qatar’s continued growth and demographic changes, Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system. Stakeholders, including school administrators and the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, have expressed a variety of concerns about the current state of school transportation. For example, school administrators have expressed concerns about the general safety of children and the traffic congestion around schools; other concerns have been raised about efficiency and service quality. In support of efforts to update Qatar’s school transportation system, RAND was asked to assess Qatar’s school bus system and compare it to international norms...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Key Observations About School Bus Transportation and the Perceptions of Parents and Administrators
    (pp. 5-28)

    This chapter provides an overview of Qatar’s current school transportation system and describes how stakeholders view the school transportation system. The chapter begins with a discussion of the context of Qatar’s school transportation system and a description of the bus fleet, operations, utilization, and costs. It then turns to the perspectives of school administrators, first providing the perspectives of the Independent and Semi-Independent administrators and then those of the private school administrators.¹ The chapter then discusses the perspectives of parents, drawing on the results of a prior study and new findings from a survey administered to parents. The chapter closes...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Vision and Goals for Qatar’s School Transportation System
    (pp. 29-40)

    This chapter presents a proposal for the long-term vision and goals for Qatar’s school transportation system. The vision presented here is consistent with other planning efforts in Qatar and serves as a foundation for formulating goals. The goals related to each part of the vision are presented as high-level statements describing the desired outcome across key dimensions of the school transportation system. The goals set forth general guidance about what the Qatar school transportation system should try to accomplish and provide a structure for motivating and organizing effective strategies.

    Systemic change requires guidance regarding what is important, where resources should...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Candidate Strategies for Qatar’s School Transportation System
    (pp. 41-68)

    In this chapter, we describe strategies for bringing Qatar’s school transportation system into closer accord with international norms. The strategies are primarily derived from practices that commonly appeared in our review of selected international school transportation systems. We refer to these practices as international norms and use them for comparison with Qatar’s school transportation system. Should Qatar choose to conform to international norms, many of the strategies presented in this chapter may be viable.

    The strategies discussed in this chapter are shown in Table 4.1. They fall into the following five major categories:

    school zone management

    bus design and operation...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Evaluation of Select Strategies
    (pp. 69-86)

    This chapter presents a discussion of operating strategies that may be beneficial but potentially carry significant challenges. In identifying possible strategies for Qatar’s school transportation system, some options emerged as strategies that are consistent with international norms and appear feasible within Qatar’s operational context. Other strategies may offer significant benefits but raise important questions related to cultural concerns, uncertain cost-effectiveness, or inconsistency with international norms. These strategies were introduced in Chapter Four but do not appear in our listing of strategies recommended for consideration by Qatar. Due to uncertainties about their costs and benefits, we provide an initial evaluation in...

  14. CHAPTER SIX Recommendations and Concluding Observations
    (pp. 87-94)

    Demographic, developmental, and policy changes have coalesced to place increasing pressure on Qatar’s school transportation system. The Government of Qatar recognizes this pressure and asked RQPI for an assessment of Qatar’s school transportation system. This monograph addresses that request. It has surveyed the perspectives of those who administer the educational system and those who use it. It has provided a proposed vision and set of goals that are derived from and consistent with Qatar’s national level policy documents. And the report offers strategies drawn from common practices of selected international school transportation systems.

    We now summarize the recommendations presented in...

  15. APPENDIX A Parent Survey: Supplemental Information
    (pp. 95-98)
  16. APPENDIX B Overview of School Transportation in Other Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
    (pp. 99-106)
  17. APPENDIX C Bus Routing Model
    (pp. 107-120)
  18. APPENDIX D Documentary Support for Strategies
    (pp. 121-126)
  19. References
    (pp. 127-132)