New OneRail Coalition poll confirms Americans’ support for rail travel     DATE: 2023-12-08 01:59:33

New OneRail Coalition poll confirms Americans’ support for rail travel

New OneRail Coalition poll confirms Americans’ support for rail travel

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Posted: 17 November 2021 | Global Railway Review | No comments yet

A new poll conducted on behalf of the OneRail Coalition has revealed that Americans’ support for both freight and passenger rail remain strong.

New OneRail Coalition poll confirms Americans’ support for rail travel

Americans’ support for rail remains strong, showing increases from 2020 for commuting short distances, travelling long distances, improving the environment and meeting growing freight transportation demands, according to a new poll conducted by ENGINE Insights on behalf of the OneRail Coalition.  

Findings of the OneRail poll include:

OneRail Coalition Director, Devon Barnhart, said: “These survey results affirm that Americans continue to strongly support freight railroads, passenger rail, and public transit. Favourability ratings rose across the board compared to the 2020 poll findings, underscoring the vital importance of these transportation systems, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to unprecedented supply chain disruptions. OneRail has advocated for increased funding for passenger and transit projects in this country and smart policy to support freight railroads. We are thrilled that Congress responded to America’s overwhelmingly strong support for moving people and goods by rail through the recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and we look forward to President Biden signing this bill into law.”

Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO, Ian Jefferies, said: “No country can be a first-rate economic powerhouse without first-rate transportation solutions – and the U.S. freight rail network is second to none thanks to substantial and sustained infrastructure investment. As our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions, this survey affirms the invaluable work of railroaders as they continue to safely and reliably deliver critical goods for customers and communities.”

Paul P. Skoutelas, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO, said: “The results of this survey are consistent with what we are seeing in communities across the country. The public very clearly wants more public transit, and realises public transit’s importance to society. Public transportation and its numerous benefits are vital to the social and economic recovery of our nation, and robust federal funding is essential to make the necessary investments both in the short and long term.”

Amtrak’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer, Roger Harris, said: “The findings of the OneRail poll reflect what we know to be true: people are calling for more passenger rail service. As riders return and we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re investing in our network to better serve people and communities across the country.”

The poll was conducted in early-October 2021 among a national sample of 1,014 adults 18 years of age and older, comprised of 507 men and 507 women. A similar study was conducted among a sample of 1,004 respondents from in August 2020. The online omnibus study is conducted three times a week among a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,000 adults ages 18 and older.

Related topics

Cargo, Freight & Heavy-Haul, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Funding & Finance, Infrastructure Developments, Passenger Experience/Satisfaction, Safety, Sustainability/Decarbonisation

Related organisations

American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Amtrak, Association of American Railroads (AAR), ENGINE Insights, OneRail Coalition

Related regions

North America

Related people

Devon Barnhart, Ian Jefferies, Paul P. Skoutelas, Roger Harris