Public transportation mostly used by urban Brazilians: report

10:58, January 25, 2011      

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Public transportation, especially taking bus, is the means of transport most often used by Brazilians in urban areas, according to a study released Monday by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA).

According to the survey, 44 percent of the urban population travel by bus, followed by car usage, 23.8 percent, and motorcycles, 12.6 percent, while 12.3 percent of them go on foot.

Researchers interviewed 2,770 families across the country in the study, which also covers Brazilians' attitude toward the quality of transportation.

According to the study, 19.2 percent of the respondents say the public transportation system is bad, 19.8 percent deem it is very bad, while 26.1 percent think it is good, and only 2.9 percent of the respondents consider it very good.

"This study draws attention to the inadequacy of this model. There is room to advance public policies," IPEA President Marcio Pochmann said during the presentation of the report.

As the report shows, 66.6 percent of the urban population face traffic jams at least once a month, and among them, 20.5 percent are bothered by this problem at least once a day.

In Brazil, the number of vehicles has increased significantly over the last decade. About every eight persons owned one car in 2000, but last year, about every five persons owned a car.

Source: Xinhua

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