Support for
has been provided by these organizations and individuals:

John Hennessy III,

America THINKS 2015 Public Transit Survey

Posted by Content Coordinator on Thursday, November 19th, 2015


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.

In the last 12 months, I’ve taken public transportation instead of driving because...*

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.

A public transportation station being in close proximity would impact...

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.

What would motivate you to take public transit more often?*

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.

The best thing about public transportation is ...*

Download full version (PDF): America THINK 2015 Public Transit Survey

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.

Tags: , ,


Receive Infra Update, our email newsletter.

Follow InfraUSA on Twitter Facebook YouTube Flickr
Show us your infra! Show us your infra!

Video, stills and tales. Share images of the Infra in your community that demands attention. Post your ideas about national Infra issues. Go ahead. Show Us Your Infra!  Upload and instantly share your message.

Polls Polls

Is the administration moving fast enough on Infra issues? Are Americans prepared to pay more taxes for repairs? Should job creation be the guiding determination? Vote now!


What do the experts think? This is where the nation's public policy organizations, trade associations and think tanks weigh in with analysis on Infra issues. Tell them what you think.  Ask questions.  Share a different view.


The Infra Blog offers cutting edge perspective on a broad spectrum of Infra topics. Frequent updates and provocative posts highlight hot button topics -- essential ingredients of a national Infra dialogue.