Physical Activity and Use of Suburban Train Stations: An Exploratory Analysis

Physical inactivity contributes to a growing proportion of illness and premature death in the United States. Only about 45% of Americans meet the recommended national standard for physical activity. Yet, analysis of 300 surveys collected from train riders at three walkable New Jersey suburban train stations showed that 78% met their activity guidelines. A new train station that allows these riders to save time in their commute have attracted new risers and has led existing commuters to change their commute. One third of those surveyed reported additional physical activity primarily because they walked more after leaving the train in mid-town New York City. Only 8% reported less physical activity. The analysis revealed that the new public transit station and personal factors associated with a greater likelihood of using public transit led to more physical activity.

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  • Accession Number: 01004146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2005 6:52PM