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Appendix A: Questionnaire (English)

1. When you make a typical trip (for going to work, shopping, etc.), what is your primary mode of transportation?

Personal Car
Someone else's car
Bus or other form of public transportation (ferry, train, light rail)
Private shuttle/Private bus service
Walking
Bicycle
Taxi
Other ______________________

2. During a typical week, how many times do you run errands or take non-work or school-related trips out of the house? (# trips per week)

3. Of these trips, how many times did you, yourself, drive? (# trips per week)

4. On a scale from 1 to 10, please let us know which factors are important to you when choosing your mode of transportation. (“1” being “Not at all important” and “10” being “Extremely important.”)

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9

10

Travel time

Cost

Convenience/flexibility

Comfort and safety

Reduce pollution/conserve energy

5. How often do you use public transportation (subway, bus, ferry, commuter rail)?

Never
Less than one day per year
Less than one day per month, but at least one day every year
Less than one day per week, but at least one day every month
1-3 days per week
4-5 days per week
6-7 days per week

If you answered “1-3 days per week,” “4-5 days per week,” or “6-7 days per week,” please skip to question 12.

6. We are interested in understanding why people do not use public transportation. Please let us know if you agree or disagree with each statement. If you don’t know, feel free to mark “Don’t Know.”

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Agree

Disagree

Don’t Know

The public transportation fare costs too much

Public transportation does not run often enough

The public transportation service does not go where I want it to go

Public transportation is too slow

The nearest station/stop is too far away

I do not feel safe walking or waiting for public transportation

I feel uncomfortable and/or unsafe on public transportation vehicles

I like the convenience of using my own personal vehicle

I need to make many stops

The service hours do not work with my schedule

If you selected “Disagree” or “Don’t Know” to “The service hours do not work with my schedule,” then skip to Question 8.

7. In the previous question, you agreed that the public transportation service hours do not work with your schedule. Please tell us what schedule changes you would like to see:

8. Are there any other reasons you think people do not use public transportation?

9. In a typical week – weather permitting – do you walk for at least 10 minutes at a time to get to and from places for any reason?

Yes
No

10. On a scale from 1 to 10, please tell us which of the following changes would be important in making walking easier for you in your community (“1” being “Not at all important” and “10” being “Extremely important”).

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1

2

3

4

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9

10

Provide more facilities (new sidewalks, better signals at intersections, better crosswalk markings)

Improve existing facilities (reconstruct existing sidewalks and curb ramps for increased accessibility, clear sidewalks of snow and ice)

Enforce laws governing motorist behavior

Enforce laws governing pedestrian behavior

Enforce laws governing bicyclist behavior

Provide pedestrian safety education

Improve snow removal

11. Are there any other suggestions you have for how to improve walking in your community?

12. In a typical week – weather permitting – do you bicycle at least once to and from specific destinations?

Yes
No

13. We are interested in understanding what sort of (if any) roadway improvements people are looking for. Please let us know if you agree or disagree with each type of improvement.

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Agree

Disagree

Don’t Know

Add more travel lanes

Add carpool lanes to the highway system

Upgrade traffic signals

Increase number of “FastLane” lanes

Improve snow removal

14. What other types of roadway improvements would you like to see in your region?

15. On a scale from 1-10, please let us know how important you think it is for Massachusetts to spend money on various priorities (“1” being “Not at all important” and “10” being “Extremely important”).

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1

2

3

4

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10

Maintain existing roads, highways, and bridges

Improve existing roads, highways, and bridges

Build new roads and highways

Maintain existing bicycle facilities

Improve existing bicycle facilities

Maintain existing sidewalks and paths for walking and bicycling

Improve existing sidewalks and paths for walking and bicycling

Build new sidewalks and paths for walking and bicycling

Sustain the existing level of transit services (vehicles, schedule, routes)

Improve existing rail and transit services (new vehicles, rail cars, track improvements, shelters)

Expand public transit services (additional routes, longer service hours)

Improve services for seniors and the disabled

16. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about how transportation options could be improved to serve you better?

17. What is your gender?

18. Which zip code do you work or go to school in?

19. Which zip code do you live in?

20. What is your age?

Under 18
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65 or older

21. What is the highest grade or year of school you completed?

Less than high school graduate
High school graduate
Some college/technical/vocational school
4-year college graduate
Some post-graduate work
Post-graduate degree

22. How many vehicles are owned, leased, or available for regular use by the people who currently live in your household? Please be sure to include motorcycles, mopeds, and RVs.

None
One
Two
Three or more

23. How many people live in your household?

24. To be sure we have a fair representation, which of the following groups best describes your ethnicity?

Hispanic or Latino
Not Hispanic or Latino

25. Which of the following groups best describes your racial background?

White
African-American, Black
Asian
American-Indian, Alaskan Native
Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander
Other ______________________

26. Which income group roughly includes your household's total yearly income?

Under $25,000
$25,000 to just under $50,000
$50,000 to just under $75,000
$75,000 to just under $100,000
$100,000 to just under $150,00
$150,000 or more

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