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Pro-public Transport: Metlink Melbourne Surveys

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 27th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

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Metlink undertakes and commissions surveys and analyses industry databases to develop insights into passenger attitudes and behaviours. …    The Metlink Annual Review for 2008 includes the following key points:
• Melbourne is experiencing the greatest shift of people to public transport than any other Australian city.
• In the past 12 months, 30 per cent of people in Melbourne have decreased their car use. Two out of three of these people moved to public transport and half of these people switched to train travel.
• Melburnians who reduced their car usage in favour of public transport felt positive about it and saw it as a permanent change.

• Melburnians are nearly twice as likely to support investment in public transport infrastructure over roads.


• One-third agreed they could see themselves moving away from the car as their main mode of transport.
• Over half of the people surveyed who live more than 11 kilometres from the city cite petrol costs as the main reason for decreasing their car use.
• People who live within 10km of the CBD were four times more likely to cite environmental issues as a reason for decreasing their car use.

• Key reasons for dissatisfaction were consistent across modes and include crowding and punctuality. …

Ref: Metlink Annual Review 2008, 06/09

Source: Going Solar

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