A new survey from Transportation Research Board (TRB) finds that the vast majority of rail and bus riders are satisfied with the service, with most preferring it to the public transport options.
The survey was conducted between December 8th and December 10th, and the results were released on Wednesday.
In its research, the TRB asked respondents how they’d like the rail network to be.
“Currently, there are several options for the use of public transport: buses, trains, ferries, and taxis,” the survey states.
“A large majority of respondents indicated that they would like the public transit option to be provided on a priority basis.”
According to the survey, 86% of respondents said they preferred the public transportation option to buses, while just 12% preferred trains and 6% preferred ferries.
A whopping 93% of the respondents said that the public rail system would be the preferred public transport option.
While there’s been a great deal of attention on rail in the past few months, the survey also revealed that there’s still a significant portion of riders that are opposed to it.
Almost half of the survey participants said they would rather go by public transport on the Metro, while only 37% said they’d prefer the public bus system.
According to TRB, while a large majority are satisfied, it’s not a consensus view among riders.
In fact, the majority of people said they were dissatisfied with the train service, while the remaining people were undecided.
In terms of the public buses, just 8% of people were happy with the buses and 7% said that they were not satisfied with them.
Transportation researchers at TRB also found that while the public is still more than three times as likely to use public transport, a majority of them still prefer trains and ferries over public transport.
The survey also found, however, that public transit is not popular with the general public.
A majority of the surveyed respondents said the train system is a more important option than the public transporter, while 37% of those who said the trains and buses are important said the public transports are better.
The report also found the rail system’s popularity in the US is on the decline, with Americans only making up 15% of total transit riders.