Title

NEW FINDINGS ON FACTORS RELATED TO TRANSIT USE

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1990

Subject Area

planning - safety/accidents, planning - surveys, ridership - mode choice, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transit, Surveys, Security measures, Security, Safety measures, Safety, Ridership, Public transit, Public safety, Patronage (Transit ridership), Mode choice, Modal selection, Modal choice, Mass transit, Local transit, Data collection, Data acquisition, Choice of transportation, Automobile use, Automobile usage, Automobile travel

Abstract

The results are reported of a 1988 telephone survey of 4,000 persons in 17 selected statistical areas of the United States. The survey covered those with access to public transportation within a half mile of their homes, and was designed to establish individual choice factors affecting the use of public transportation. It also addressed public perception of transit innovations and public policy issues relevant to the public sector's role in promoting or discouraging transportation actions. It was found that the greatest deterrent to the use of public transportation is the comparative attractiveness of the automobile. Observations regarding the preferences of those who use an auto to drive to work and those who use public transportation are noted. Observations concerning perceived safety and security of the various modes were also made. Central city, and suburban attitudes were noted and regional comparisons were made.