The Genesee Transportation Council did a survey of local travel, including modes of transportation, number of miles, number of trips and attitudes about public transit.
The late-2011 Internet and phone survey of 3,671 households in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne counties is rather fascinating.
Nine percent of respondents said they walked, biked or rode the bus regularly. Of those who did not, 40 percent said they would seek alternatives to cars if gas prices hit $4.00 a gallon. That would be 114,000 commuters.
Twenty percent of people said gas would have to get up to $8.50 for them to consider another means of transportation. That’s a lot of people willing to shell out huge bucks to keep driving!
Not surprisingly, the more money people make, the higher gas prices would have to go for them to ditch their cars.
The majority of people said their “car is king.” White people earning more than $200,000 were most likely to agree with the statement.
The survey also found women are the errand-runners:
Women account for most trips, and the disparity with men is greatest at shorter distances. The necessity of juggling trips, here and nationally, falls mainly to women. Women are far more likely than men to make multiple stops — called trip chaining — on their way to or from home. This is significant because we have been witnessing a feminization of poverty” in America over the past two decades, as more elderly women and single women with children of all races and ethnicities fall into poverty and the time and costs required by transportation become a significant burden.
Links of the Day:
– None of the local political ads we’re seeing on television are up to snuff, according to this excellent fact-check.
– Only one thing is standing in Andrew Cuomo’s way – Hillary Clinton.
– Buffalo college students keep getting beat up and robbed in late-night attacks.
– California is now allowing the sale of some homemade food.