Survey: Residents Supportive Of Electric Buses

December 19, 2019

According to a recent survey, the majority of local residents support converting public transport buses to run on electricity as opposed to fossil fuels, and the majority of residents are also ‘completely satisfied’ or ‘mostly satisfied’ with the public bus system.

A TRA spokesperson said, “Residents were asked for their level of support or opposition to converting public transport buses to run on electricity, as opposed to fossil fuels.

“Results show that the vast majority would support such a move, with four-in-ten completely supporting such a change. Only one-in-ten are opposed to any extent. Interestingly, support for electrifying buses is consistent across those who have taken public transport as well as those who haven’t.

TRA Public Transport Survey Bermuda Dec 2019 (1)

“To better understand the context of results, residents were also asked whether they have taken a public transport bus in Bermuda in the last six months.

“Results show that approximately one third of residents have done so, with those over 55 in age being more likely than younger residents to have taken a bus. In addition, Bermudians are more likely than non-Bermudians to have taken a bus recently.

“Among those who have taken a bus, satisfaction is relatively strong, with two thirds of bus riders being satisfied with the system to any extent, and just over one-in-ten being highly satisfied. By contrast, three-in-ten bus riders are dissatisfied with the system.

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“Among the wider population, including those who haven’t recently taken a bus, there is a lower level of satisfaction [44% satisfied, 27% dissatisfied], as well as a high percentage of individuals who weren’t sure.

“These results are part of a snapshot TRA Bermuda Omnibus Survey conducted in November 2019 with a random sample of 202 adult residents of Bermuda [18 years of age or older].

“The survey was conducted by phone from November 12 – 14, 2019. Overall results are accurate to within ± 6.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.”

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  1. Things a Gwan says:

    Can we get electric drivers too? Studies have shown they cost less, are quieter, don’t call in sick (when they are not) and much more reliable

  2. Dunn juice says:

    Don’t recall seeing that survey. Musta asked people at the PGA event.

  3. Stinky D. says:

    This island can’t even afford a regular bus
    An Electric Bus will cost 3 times the price and we would have to spend millions on infrastructure
    Remember “WE HAVE NO MONEY”

  4. Stinky D. says:

    An Electric bus would cost 3 times the price
    The infrastructure to support it would cost millions
    Remember “WE ARE BROKE”

  5. somuchless says:

    Get the dang bus schedule sorted first. The simpler things in life.

  6. Daniel says:

    Electric buses. More economical and efficient. Less maintenance. Less noise. Better for the environment and better for Bermuda. Lets do this and bring Bermuda into the 21st century. Then we just need to wean BELCO off it’s fossil fuel addiction.

  7. Chanticleer says:

    Very interesting to see this! The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium had a conference on electric buses some months ago. It was fascinating to say the least. I am intrigued that Bermuda is looking into this. Of course there are a number of issues that the folks in Toronto are working on to make the system more efficient.

  8. Lodite says:

    First step on the path to autonomous buses and other vehicles in Bermuda.

  9. Kim Smith says:

    Absolutely in support of this change to the buses. I’m sure everyone has been caught behind a bus that spews black soot from the diesel. Imagine that going into the air… and into your lungs. This seems a no-brainer.

  10. Wheels on the Bus says:

    Really? Normal buses cost like 250,000. i can only imagine how much a fleet of electric buses would be. How many millions? This is really the most wise use of millions in our current economic debt state?

  11. Good Stuff says:

    Isn’t this obvious? As an EV owner, I can see some of the disagreement (they aren’t perfect).

    Surprised at the current satisfaction level TBH.

  12. Y-Gurl says:

    If they get maintained as badly as the diesel ones we are in trouble

  13. Damen says:

    Ha guys can’t even keep a diesel fleet running, your talking about battery buses cmon now let’s just keep it real here hahahaaaa