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Results from the CityThink survey on public transportation in HRM

The CityThink survey sampled 500 residents of HRM last month and carries a margin or error of 4.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The CityThink survey sampled 500 residents of HRM last month and carries a margin or error of 4.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

1. To which extent do you support or oppose each of the following potential public transit services?


a) HRM using rail lines as a form of public transit service
• Strongly support – 40%
• Support – 41%
• Neutral – 2%
• Oppose – 12%
• Strongly oppose – 4%
• Don’t know – 1%

b) Creating a high-speed ferry transit service between Bedford and Halifax
• Strongly support – 21%
• Support – 44%
• Neutral – 3%
• Oppose – 18%
• Strongly oppose – 13%
• Don’t know – 1%

2. In a typical month, how often do you ride the bus?
• Never – 64%
• One day a month – 8%
• Two or three days a month – 5%
• One or two days week – 8%
• Three or more days a week – 14%

3. If you use public transit, how willing would you be to pay more money per trip for an improved bus system?

• Very willing – 13%
• Somewhat willing – 53%
• Somewhat unwilling – 15%
• Very unwilling – 18%
• Don’t know/Refused – 2%

4. In a typical month, how many rides do you take in a taxi?
• None – 69%
• One – 15%
• Two or three – 10%
• One or two a week – 3%
• Three or more a week – 1%
• One or two a year – 1%
• Don’t know – 1%

5. Are you aware that a taxi company from Dartmouth cannot pick up passengers in Halifax, and vice versa?
• Yes – 62%
• No – 38%
• Don’t know – 1%

6. If this regulation was not in place, would you ride in a taxi more, less or about the same as you do now?
• More – 8%
• About the same – 86%
• Less – 1%
• Refused to answer – 1%
• Don’t know – 4%

7. Over the past 12 months, have you been to Halifax International Airport?
• Yes – 82%
• No – 18%

8. Still thinking about the past 12 months, overall, how would you rate your experiences at Halifax International Airport?
• Excellent – 45%
• Good – 46%
• Fair – 6%
• Poor – 3%

b) (If answer was fair or poor) What is the main reason for your evaluation?
• Problems with parking – 42%
• Security check issues – 19%
• Poor luggage service – 6%
• Airport has a bad layout – 17%
• Flights cancelled, delayed – 11%
• Crime/theft – 3%
• Don’t know – 3%