DNC Commute Day 4: Grand Slam

7/30/2004

BOSTON, MA – For the fourth consecutive and final day of the Democratic National Convention, the Boston commute ended on a high note. Prompt arrival times were recorded, even with a higher percentage of commuters driving to their destinations on Thursday, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll just released.

Exactly 89% of commuters said that they arrived “on time,” or “early” in Boston while 11% indicate that they arrived late. Similarly, when respondents were asked about the commute home, 88% said that they arrived “on time,” or “early” while 13% arrived home late.

“The traffic warnings worked,” said David Paleologos, Director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “Commuters opted to be safe than sorry which resulted in a four day commuter breeze down the highways.”

On the evening of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry’s speech, law enforcement officials stepped up security on the main highways by stopping trucks and other large vehicles which caused some traffic jams due to curious commuters.

In other significant findings from the 7NEWS/Suffolk University poll, more people chose to drive on Thursday, capping a slow upward three day trend as confidence increased throughout the week and fewer commuters feared being trapped in traffic due to road closings. On Monday, just 48% of commuters drove to their destinations, but by Thursday, drivers topped 55%.

“In the end, all of the warnings resulted in a safe and hassle-free commute for all,” said Paleologos. “However, the economic cost for all of this may not be fully realized for weeks and months to come.”

Friday’s commute is expected to be quite low, as only 54% of regular Boston commuters will attempt the trip. This was the lowest total of the four days as 65% on Monday planned on the next day’s commute, but that began a downward trend as less and less commuters planned on the ride to Beantown.

The survey of 300 Boston commuters was completed between 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on
Thursday, July 29th. 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.

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.

The survey result will be broadcast on WHDH-TV and posted on both the Suffolk University website (www.suffolk.edu) and the WHDH-TV website (www.whdh.com).

7NBC (WHDH-TV) is Boston’s NBC Network affiliate, a Sunbeam Broadcasting station, and “the News Station” delivering the market’s leading source for breaking news, special reports, features and critical information: 7NEWS!

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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