NEW Busboost report shows passengers stick to buses after trial
Commuters that leave their car at home to give the bus, tram or train a go are making a permanent move to public transport, according to a new report for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
Eight out of ten people taking part in a 28-day ‘Busboost’ public transport trial said they would stick with sustainable travel for some journeys, and 43 per cent have committed to continuing their commute by bus, tram or train.
The figures were released by SYPTE to mark Catch the Bus Week and follow a survey of 3,985 employees from organisations including ASOS, Virgin Media and IKEA, which had recently tried greener transport through the scheme.
Busboost works with local businesses to encourage employees that normally drive to work to switch to public transport. Participants were provided with a 28-day smartcard, enabling free use of bus, tram and train services during a ‘travel trial’ period.
Busboost’s report shows that 80 per cent will continue to use public transport for some commuting, while 90 per cent were satisfied or very satisfied with their proximity to public transport links, and 77 per cent will recommend public transport to other people.
“Participants tell us they are making long-term, greener travel choices as a direct result of the scheme, and businesses are benefitting,” says SYPTE executive director Stephen Edwards.
“Commuting by public transport cuts traffic congestion, improves air quality, can help health and stress levels, and improve journey times. Catch the Bus Week is a great way of promoting the clear benefits of leaving the car at home, and we are encouraging as many people as possible to do their bit for the environment and give the bus a go.”
Since launching in 2012, Busboost has helped more than 9,600 people to make the switch to public transport. Over 500 South Yorkshire businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors participated between March 2015 and April 2016, reporting benefits such as healthier employees, a reduced need for staff car parking spaces, and better carbon footprint.