In our Why You Don’t Ride (unscientific) survey we asked readers who don’t regularly ride public transit, “How do you feel about bus and rail?”
Here’s how the answers panned out;
- 69% responded: I’d ride a bus if there was a route that served my needs.
- 97% responded: I’d ride rail if it there was a route that served my needs.
- 12% responded: I’d ride a bus, but only if it has a dedicated lane.
- 18%: I probably wouldn’t ride a bus.
- 3%: I probably wouldn’t ride rail.
It turns out that Source readers who drive aren’t neccessarily married to the mode – in fact we only had two respondents who claimed they probably wouldn’t ride bus or rail at all.
What’s also interesting is that a majority of drivers would ride a bus if there was one that served their needs. Of course, one’s needs is a really broad variable – and if speed is one of those needs (and our survey data shows that speed is a big reason why drivers choose their cars over transit), it’s often hard for a bus in mixed traffic to compete with a car.
This is probably why we see that almost 100% of respondents indicate that they would ride rail if there was a route that served them.
Here are our selections this week – both TZ and Lawrence have some interesting commentary on the bus/rail split:
- TZ, San Gabriel Valley – Why You Ride
“I don’t drive. Taking bus is the only way I can get around.”
- Lawrence Aldava, Pasadena – Why You Ride
“It’s a huge stress reliever. I get to read on the train, listen to music and not worry about parking. Also, it does save a ton of money.”
- Robert, Pasadena – Why You Don’t Ride
“I need to drive to station and after I get to my destination. I have no other means of transportation to get to my final destination.”
Read the surveys, after the jump. Continue reading