Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they use private transport to get to and from work, while 57 percent said there was a lack of public transport near their homes, the results of an online survey by the Consumers’ Foundation showed.
The survey, which explored commuters’ use of and satisfaction with public transport and the cost, ran from the beginning of last month until Monday and received 3,295 valid replies, a foundation official said.
The results showed that 78 percent of respondents used private transport to commute to work, followed by 17 percent who traveled via public transport, 3 percent who used both, while 2 percent said they walked to work.
The results also indicated that 57 percent felt that public transport near their homes was inadequate, with 22 percent saying there were not enough vehicles and 14 percent complaining of too few stops, especially in rural areas.
With regard to fares, respondents that used both public and private transport said they spent an average of NT$2,782 (US$88) a month, accounting for an average 7.5 percent of their monthly income, the highest figure in the survey.
Those who commuted via private transport spend NT$1,971 per month (an average 6.2 percent of their monthly income), while respondents using only public transport spent NT$1,703 per month, representing an average of 6.1 percent of their monthly income, the lowest in the survey.
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