NATIONAL SURVEY OF TRANSPORTATION ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR- PHASE 1 SUMMARY REPORT

RESULTS ARE PRESENTED OF TWO INDEPENDENT NATIONWIDE SURVEYS USING HOUR-LONG INTERVIEWS AND IDENTICAL QUESTIONNAIRES TO DETERMINE PUBLIC PREFERENCES FOR INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORTATION. RELIABLE INFORMATION IS NEEDED ON PUBLIC ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE THESE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR MUST BE KNOWN. THIS INFORMATION WILL PERMIT MORE EFFECTIVE PLANNING FOR THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES. THE QUESTION-BY-QUESTION ANSWER DISTRIBUTIONS ARE GIVEN AS WELL AS RESULTS OF SOME CROSS-TABULATION ANALYSIS. THE AUTOMOBILE IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT MODE OF TRAVEL TO THE AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD. ATTITUDES TOWARD THE AUTOMOBILE ARE GENERALLY POSITIVE AND THE VALUE PLACED ON THE AUTOMOBILE IS EXTREMELY HIGH. THERE APPEARS TO BE CLOSE EGO- INVOLVEMENT WITH THE AUTOMOBILE AS A WAY OF LIFE. IN METROPOLITAN AREAS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS RECOGNIZED AS A VITAL PART OF OUR WAY OF LIFE, AND WORTHY OF CONTINUED AND ACCELERATED EMPHASIS. HOWEVER, THE ATTITUDES TOWARD PRESENT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES TEND TO BE GENERALLY NEGATIVE RATHER THAN POSITIVE. ATTITUDES TOWARD HIGHWAY PLANNING WERE GENERALLY POSITIVE, BUT NOT CLEAR-CUT. PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND TESTING OF DRIVERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND SAFETY IN CARRYING OUT THE HIGHWAY PROGRAM.

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    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. No 49, pp 1-71, 1 FIG, 97 TAB, 1 APP
  • Authors:
    • Mcmillan, R K
    • Assael, H
  • Publication Date: 1968

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Serial:
    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 49
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614
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  • Accession Number: 00222710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 10 1994 12:00AM