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Kiwis not keen on public transport

Published: 11:23AM Friday April 27, 2007 Source: Newstalk ZB

A study by a global recruitment agency has confirmed what New Zealand's motorways tell us every morning - New Zealanders are among the lowest users of public transport in the world.

The study found only 56% of Kiwis use public transport to get to work, ranking us 22nd out of 28 countries.

Indonesians topped the list, with 93% using public transport, followed by Hong Kong on 88%.

Bottom of the list were the US on 34% and Turkey on 29%.

The study also found young New Zealanders are most concerned about how much public transport costs, while older people care more about the frequency of services.

The authors of a new study about public transport are surprised at just how reluctant Kiwis are to get out of their cars.

Wendy Hewson from recruitment agency Kelly Services says they expected us to do much better. She thought congestion, especially in Auckland, and an environmentally friendly mindset would push more people out of their cars.