What’s really driving bus patronage?

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Jonathan Bray, Director at the Urban Transport Group, gives an overview of the organisation’s latest research

In an industry which – as Brian Souter recently observed – devotes little resource to research and development, much of the debate about what factors drive bus use has been based on assertion and gut instinct. Until now that is. Our new research, conducted by Transport for Quality of Life for the Urban Transport Group (the UK’s network of city region transport authorities), has taken a more rigorous approach by analysing a mass of data sets across the country to find the combination that best predicts levels of bus use by local authority district.

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