Zürich leads in public transport usage
filed on: 08.11.2005 (8th Nov 2005)
A recently published study reveals that 62 percent of commuters into the city of Zürich use public transport. This figure is higher than in any other Swiss city (Bern: 56%, Basel: 54%). In the broader Zürich area, the figure is considerably lower (at 37%) but still well above the national average (27%).
The study shows that relative journey times affect the choice of mode. On connections where public transport requires 1.5 times as long as driving, 50% use public transport. For public transport journeys that requires twice as long as the car, this share drops to 20%. It is thus no surprise that public transport is used more intensively on radial connections than on tangential ones (in one example of the latter — Oberland to Pfannenstiel — the share was at 17%). The share of public transport also rises over longer distances (88% for commuters from Bern, 85% from Basel and 73% from Luzern and St. Gallen).
These results were published by the Canton of Zürich in a study entitled "Verkehrsmittel der Pendler im Zürcher Wirtschaftsraum" and are based on data of the 2000 census. Since 1970, the number of commuters has risen from 620,000 to 860,000. In 1970 about one third used public transport.
This news item is from the 2005 newslog.
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