If You Use Public Transit When You’re Young, You’re Less Likely to Drive Later
It may seem obvious to some people, but transit usage has a tendency to stick with you. People who get used to riding public transit when they’re young don’t tend to be in all that much of a hurry to jump into a car as they reach driving age and then head off to college. A recent study reported by Fast Company has the details.
In a recent study, researchers tested whether past experience with good public transit makes a difference when someone moves to a place where the nearest bus stop might be inconveniently located or a local subway line might not exist. The answer: it does, and that past experience can have as much impact on someone’s choice of commute as transit quality in a new neighborhood.
The percentages aren’t huge, but the effect is definitely there, with early public transit riders being 30%-60% more likely to use it regularly wherever they go later in life. The implication is that catching these people when they’re young and encouraging them to make use of transit options can pay dividends for the city of the future.
Read the full story to get even more information on the study’s findings.