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Survey: 62% would use high-speed rail

Posted by Content Coordinator on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION

How likely are you to use high-speed rail?

“In most political circles, garnering nearly two-thirds support for a forward-thinking vision like high-speed rail would be considered a landslide,” said APTA President William Millar.  “We strongly support the government’s commitment to implementing high-speed rail.  It will provide more options for travelers, as well as create jobs and be a strong boost for the local economy.”

APTA proposes that Congress invest $50 billion over the next six years in high-speed rail.  The association says the investment during that time frame, along with $123 billion in public transportation investment, will help support and create 6.2 million jobs.

Survey Questions

Q1. In European countries, High-Speed Rail is a very popular mode of travel for vacationers visiting multiple cities. Currently, there are proposals for broadening high-speed rail (train) service in America. High-speed rail service would offer connections to major cities, for example: Miami to Orlando, St. Louis to Chicago, Los Angeles to San Francisco,
Philadelphia to Boston,Washington to New York. If there were high-speed rail (train) travel options that connected major metropolitan areas across the U.S., how likely would you be to use high-speed rail service for leisure and/or business travel?

  • 62% definitely or probably would use high speed rail for leisure or business travel.
  • 27% not sure.
  • 11% probably or definitely would not.

Q2. If high-speed rail (train) service were available to you for your trip to a city destination, how important would the following factors be in choosing high-speed rail service in place of other modes of travel?

The following notes the percentage of people who noted very or somewhat important for the factors listed below.

  • 91% shorter travel times compared to driving to my destination.
  • 91% less expensive than flying to my destination.
  • 89% less expensive than driving to my destination.
  • 85% integration with local public transit so I can avoid use of rental cars, using cabs, and parking fees.
  • 80% shorter times compared to flying to my destination
  • 79% the experience traveling by train
  • 78% opportunities during my leisure or business trip to visit another city that is linked to my destination by high-speed rail.
  • 75% environmental concerns.
  • 75% reducing security hassles

Breakdown of Question 2

If high-speed rail (train) service were available to you for your trip to a city destination, how important would the following factors be in choosing high-speed rail service in place of other modes of travel?

Q2 A. Shorter travel times compared to driving to my destination
91% very or somewhat important
6% neither important nor unimportant
2% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 B. Shorter travel times compared to flying to my destination
80% very or somewhat important
15% neither important or somewhat important
6% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 C. Less expensive than driving to my destination
89% very important and somewhat important
9% neither important nor unimportant
2% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 D. Less expensive than flying to my destination
91% Very or somewhat important.
6% neither important nor unimportant
3% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 E. Reducing security hassles.
75% very or somewhat important.
18% neither important nor unimportant
7% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 F. Integration with local public transit so I can avoid use of rental cars, using cabs, and parking fees.
85% very or somewhat important.
11% neither important nor unimportant
4% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 G. Opportunities during my leisure or business trip to visit a another city that is linked to my destination by high-speed rail service
78% very or somewhat important.
18% neither important nor unimportant
4% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 H. The experience of travelling by train.
79% very or somewhat important.
15% neither important nor unimportant
6% somewhat or very unimportant

Q2 I. Environmental concerns/reducing carbon emissions
75% very or somewhat important.
17% neither important nor unimportant
8% somewhat or very unimportant

About American Public Transportation Association
www.apta.com
“APTA is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 member organizations including public transportation systems; planning,  design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; and state associations and  departments of transportation…APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.”

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