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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.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Key Observations About School Bus Transportation and the Perceptions of Parents and Administrators

  • Chapter Three

    Vision and Goals for Qatar's School Transportation System

  • Chapter Four

    Candidate Strategies for Qatar's School Transportation System

  • Chapter Five

    Evaluation of Select Strategies

  • Chapter Six

    Recommendations and Concluding Observations

  • Appendix A

    Parent Survey: Supplemental Information

  • Appendix B

    Overview of School Transportation in Other Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

  • Appendix C

    Bus Routing Model

  • Appendix D

    Documentary Support for Strategies

The research described in this monograph was prepared for the Qatar Amiri Diwan and conducted within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment and the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, divisions of the RAND Corporation.

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