Public Transportation Survey: Few Rely on Public Transit With No Backup Plan

One of the many side effects of Hurricane Sandy was the shut down of some public transportation in New York City and along the East Coast. If these transportation methods were shut down at different times or in different locations, it could prevent many people from getting where they need to go on a day-to-day basis. How many Americans rely heavily on public transit? And do they have a back-up plan in case of emergencies?

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Transportation Methods

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 17% of respondents said that they use public transportation often. 26% said that they use it sometimes. 39% said they rarely use public transportation. And 19% said that they never use public transportation.

Of those who use public transportation, 46% said they use buses. 23% said they use subways. 22% said they use other trains. And 8% said they use other types of transportation, such as taxis and trolleys.


77% of public transportation users said that they don’t actually rely on public transit methods for their everyday tasks. 9% said they are somewhat reliant on public transportation. Another 9% said they are reliant on public transportation for the most part. And 5% said that public transit is their only form of transportation.

Back-up Plans

Of those who are at least somewhat reliant on public transportation, 62% said that they do have a back-up plan in case public transportation in their area is shut down. And 49% said that they own a personal vehicle, even though they use public transportation.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Kentucky Public Transportation from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on October 30 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.