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North Dakota Student Transit Attitudes

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The Small Urban & Rural Transit Center of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute has concluded survey of college students that attempted to gauge their attitudes about public transit for the course of their years at North Dakota State University.

"The Changing Attitudes and Behaviors of University Students Toward Public Transportation: Final Report" found that even though nearly every student had a vehicle available one-third of students used transit to commute to campus occasionally, while two-thirds used the bus to travel between their residence and campus at least once.

"In the future, two-thirds of students stated that they will ride transit occasionally or regularly," the study found. "Among these students, 64 percent  stated that they would at the least consider voting for increased funding for transit."

The study was begun in the fall of 2005. A cohort of first year students has since then been surveyed at regular intervals throughout their undergraduate study.

"The ability to identify changes in individual behaviors and attitudes is especially valuable for the campus transit survey as most students at NDSU have limited experience with and knowledge of public transportation," the study noted. "To be able to track these changes at a time when complex attitudes about personal mobility are forming provides additional, important information."

This study has been added to the Best Practices.

The Changing Attitudes and Behaviors of University Students Toward Public Transportation: Final Report

Graph Showing Mode Share vs. Distance From Campus