Public transportation usage at high levels — can be even higher with service improvements and added amenities.
Today, two-thirds of Americans are using public transportation because they believe it provides benefits not available when driving. While public transportation use is at high levels, more people can be encouraged to ride if they are provided with service improvements and added amenities.
A new America THINKS survey by HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm, explores why Americans are using public transportation, what they like and don’t like, and offers public transportation agencies some of their ideas that could increase ridership.
Why I Like the Ride
Americans who use public transportation instead of driving appreciate the benefits they are able to enjoy, including more cost effective mobility, the opportunity to be productive while they are en route, and added convenience.
Location, Location, Location
Living in close proximity to public transportation stations significantly affects the day-to-day decisions Americans make on how to get around as well as many other aspects of their lives such as where to shop, live and work.
What’s In it For Me?
More than 158 million Americans are now using public transportation, yet four in five (80 percent) say they could be motivated to use it even more.
It’s the Best Thing
Americans who take public transportation like it because of the affordable cost, being a passenger and the ease of use.
About HNTB Corporation
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program and construction management.