Survey: Russians Prefer Comfort to Price When Choosing Transport for Everyday Use

Specialists of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) presented data from a survey of Russians dedicated to urban transport. According to the survey results, Russians most often used to travel around their locality over the past year by ground urban transport (bus, trolleybus, tram, 59 per cent), taxi (58 per cent) and personal car (57 per cent).   

It is specified that the highest proportion of daily users were recorded among owners of personal cars (32 per cent), while 15 per cent use ground urban transport daily, and only 3 per cent take a taxi.

In addition, over the past year, 48 per cent of Russians have travelled by minibus (9 per cent almost daily), 27 per cent by their own bike (5 per cent use it almost daily), and 18 per cent by metro (4 per cent almost daily). Only slightly popular in Russia are such vehicles as carsharing (5 per cent), own or rented electric scooter or segway, as well as a rented bicycle (1-2 per cent).

In terms of user satisfaction, such popular types of urban transport as the metro (82 per cent satisfied, 7 per cent dissatisfied), private car (82 per cent satisfied, 9 per cent dissatisfied), as well as a taxi (77 per cent of passengers satisfied, 9 per cent dissatisfied) are leading.

Interestingly, despite the fact that passengers of urban ground transport (buses, trolleybuses, trams) and passengers of fixed-route taxis are mostly satisfied with these types of transport (67 per cent and 57 per cent, respectively), these same types of transport most often cause dissatisfaction (19 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively).

The main modes of transport when Russians travel around their locality are a personal car (45 per cent), ground urban transport (23 per cent) and fixed-route taxis (10 per cent). At the same time, 8 per cent mostly move around the locality by taxi, 6 per cent by metro, and 4 per cent by their own bike.

The experts found out that when choosing the main type of transport, Russians primarily focus on comfort (30 per cent) and the speed of a trip (23 per cent). Also, 16 per cent note the lack of alternative types of transport, 15 per cent base their choice on protection from infection with coronavirus, and 14 per cent made the choice due to the convenient location of a stop or a station.

Ru-Main, 17.11.2021
Source: TASS 

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