COMMUTERS that leave that car at home to give the bus, tram or train a go are making a permanent move to public transport, a new report has revealed.
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% have committed to continuing their commute by bus, tram or train.
The figures have been released by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in celebration of Catch the Bus Week - a nationwide campaign promoting the benefits of taking the bus. It follows a survey* of 3,985 employees from organisations including ASOS, Virgin Media and IKEA, which had recently tried greener transport through the ground-breaking scheme.
Delivered by Inmotion! via South Yorkshire’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, 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:
• 80% will continue to use public transport for some commuting
• 90% were satisfied or very satisfied with their proximity to public transport links
• 83% were satisfied or very satisfied with service reliability
• 83% felt less stressed than driving
• 77% will recommend public transport to other people
• 60% saw an improvement to their journey time
• 93% were satisfied or very satisfied with safety
A six month follow-up survey** also showed that 43% of those that took part now travel to work by public transport, half of which are using the bus, tram or train 5 days a week. Two in three participants also reported that they are likely to continue to commute by bus, tram or train in three to six months’ time.
SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said: “South Yorkshire’s unique Busboost initiative has been a resounding success. Participants tell us they are making long-term, greener travel choices as a direct result of the scheme, and businesses are benefitting from Inmotion!’s transport solutions and support.
“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 over 9,600 people to make the switch to public transport. Over 500 South Yorkshire businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors participated in Inmotion!’s latest Busboost scheme between March 2015 and April 2016, reporting benefits such as healthier employees, a reduced need for staff car parking spaces, and better carbon footprint and environmental targets.
For more information on Busboost and taking part, visit inmotion.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*based on 61% of participants responding to the post-trial survey
** based on 739 completed surveys