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Fewer Budapest residents use public transport daily

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The share of people living in and around the capital who use public transport on a daily basis has fallen from 49% to 37% since the start of the pandemic, news agency MTI reports, citing a survey commissioned by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BKIK).

The share of people who never use public transport rose to 9% from 5% during the period.

The survey shows taxis have also been hit by the pandemic as the share of people who take a cab once a month was stable at 11%, but the share of fares who ride just once every 2-3 months fell from 12% to 8%.

The use of shared cars, bicycles, and scooters did not rise, pointing to a decline in movement around the capital, as the number of telecommuters increased.

One-third of those surveyed said they would travel less in Budapest - both with their own vehicles and with public transport - after the pandemic, too.

The survey showed one-fifth of people have used a car-sharing service, while one-fourth have used a bicycle-, scooter-, or moped-sharing service.

One-quarter of respondents said they have bought public transport tickets using a mobile application, although the rate was higher for young people.

The online survey of 1,000 people over the age of 16 living in Budapest or satellite communities was conducted by Trend International Market Research in September.

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