Started by ozbob, February 09, 2019, 18:47:30 PM
Quote from: ozbob on February 11, 2019, 12:57:04 PMBeen booked for an interview around 4.05pm this afternoon on ABC Radio Brisbane Drive with Steve Austin on this data analysis of the patronage.
QuoteTaking public transport can be a source of pride or a source of shame, according to new research which is urging urban planners to take social factors into account when developing transport options.The researchers, from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, interviewed people from countries across Europe and Asia to find out how people with access to both a car and public transport viewed taking a bus or train.They found that in the UK and the Nordic countries, people were largely indifferent to taking public transport over a personal vehicle, preferring whichever was the most convenient.However, University of Queensland researcher Dr Dorina Pojani said in countries such as China and India, it was a different story."In Asian countries we were very surprised to find that even though they don't have a long history of car ownership – in China there was hardly any car ownership until around 1990 – but since then they have formed strong opinions about public transport," Dr Pojani said."In India too they were looking at public transport as a sort of mode of last resort for the poor."Dr Pojani said Indian respondents told researchers if they travelled to a large family gathering on public transport it would be seen as an insult to the host, while Chinese businessmen said their partners would see public transport use as a sign of failure.For Australia, she said the overall cultural feeling tended to be neutral, but all of the Anglo-Nordic countries appeared to view trains as higher-status than buses.Figures from Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads show there were more than 183 millon trips across all forms of public transport in the state's south-east across 2017-18.That translates to a little more than 500,000 people using south-east Queensland's public transport metwork every day.But Dr Pojani said personal stigma wasn't the only social pressure which was influencing public transport use."People are aware of pollution, they're aware if climate change, congestion is getting bad, even in a small city like Brisbane," she said."Young people now also want to live in an urban setting, they don't necessarily want a suburban life, so I think we're moving away from our love affair with cars."Dr Pojani, who herself takes the bus to work, said urban planners needed to find ways to overcome people's reluctance to use public transport, both in neutral countries like Australia and those with stronger feelings on the issue."I see these cultural barriers as even harder to overcome than technical barriers – once the attitude has set in it's very difficult to overcome, she said."We need public transport to be popular, particularly in Asia's megacities such as Beijing or Chennai, where citizens are also suffering from the health impacts of a rapid deterioration in air quality."Changing thinking around public transport can help us build a brighter future for all."The research has been published this week in the Journal of Transport Geography.
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