Boston Commuters Arrive: Happy, On Time, & Willing to Try Again Tomorrow!


BOSTON, MA – As the gavel came down to officially open the Democratic National Convention, a majority of Boston commuters arrived at their destinations on time or early, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released on Monday, July 26, 2004.

According to the survey, both “to” and “from” commutes were equally exceptional. When respondents were asked about the commute to Boston, 67% said that they arrived “on time,” 23% arrived “early,” 8% arrived between one minute and an hour late, and just 3% arrived over an hour late. Similarly, when respondents were asked about the commute home, 63% said that they arrived “on time,” 25% arrived “early,” 10% arrived between one minute and an hour late, and just 2% arrived over an hour late.

“No matter how you look at it, it was a smooth ride both ways,” said David Paleologos, Director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “Yet, with the news of the easy commute spreading fast, we may see more people attempting to beat the traffic tomorrow.” Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the survey said that they will commute again to Boston tomorrow.

In addition to the timely arrivals, the commute beat expectations. When asked, “how did your commute go to Boston,” 37% said “better than expected,” 24% said “same as expected,” and only 2% said “worse than expected.” Just 1% indicated that they were “giving up” while 35% said that they “didn’t try” on Monday.

“Commuters clearly were prepared for the worst and were pleasantly surprised,” said Paleologos. “All of the agencies responsible for safe and fluid traffic control deserve a lot of credit after day one.”

In other key findings from the 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll, 48% of commuters said they drove, 44% took public transportation, 4% walked, 3% combined modes of transportation, and 2% commuted by other means.

The survey of 300 Boston commuters was completed between 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Monday, July 26th. The poll has an error rate of +/- 5.6% at a 95% confidence level. Respondents were randomly selected from a list of 50,000 residents (between the ages of 17-65 years) who resided in Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, & Plymouth counties. The sample was made available to the Suffolk University Political Research Center courtesy of The Beacon Group, a Massachusetts based list processing company.

All gender, county, region, and age demographics matched the latest Census2000 block data and the American Factfinder survey results for commuters to Boston.

David Paleologos, Director of Suffolk University's Political Research Center, will be available to comment on the daily commuter survey results. He can be reached at 781-290-9310.

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Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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