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"Eating, Drinking & Smoking" Survey Results

February 6, 2009 - February 19, 2009

What SEPTA service do you use most often?
37.3% | Bus, trolley or trackless trolley
21.7% | Subway
40.6% | Regional Rail
0.4% | Customized Community Transit (CCT)
0.0% | None

How often do you ride SEPTA?
73.9% | Daily
15.3% | Weekly
5.4% | Monthly
5.3% | Occasionally
0.1% | Never

Do you currently eat or drink on public transit?
52.0% | No
39.9% | Sometimes (once or twice a week)
5.8% | Regularly, almost daily
2.3% | Yes, eat or drink on every trip

Should eating and drinking non-alcoholic beverages be allowed on your normal mode of transportation?
24.6% | Only drinking
0.6% | Only eating
30.6% | No to both eating and drinking
19.6% | Yes to both eating and drinking
24.7% | Yes to either but with restrictions

What types of food or non-alcoholic beverages might you find acceptable for consumption on the SEPTA system? (select all that apply)
71.3% | Drinks in sturdy travel mugs with lids
69.8% | Beverages in plastic bottles
47.4% | Cookies, candy, chips in small bags
44.4% | Fast food beverage containers with plastic lids
22.5% | Nothing should be allowed
32.0% | Fresh fruit
29.9% | Cold sandwiches
16.9% | Hot sandwiches
9.8% | Any cooked items
9.4% | Beverages in open containers
9.2% | Ice cream

The same rules for consumption of food and drink should apply consistently at all times on the SEPTA System.
78.8% | I agree
10.1% | I disagree
11.1% | I'm not sure

Rules for food and drink consumption can be different on Regional Rail, bus, trolley and subway lines and still be considered fair.
32.5% | I agree
56.6% | I disagree
10.9% | I'm not sure

Relaxing the prohibition against eating and drinking will be abused by some resulting in more trash, dirty vehicles and stations, and more foul odors.
69.1% | I agree
15.6% | I disagree
15.3% | I'm not sure

The vast majority of SEPTA riders are mature, hard-working and responsible. They can be trusted to be neat and properly dispose of their trash.
31.5% | I agree
51.1% | I disagree
17.3% | I'm not sure

Which status applies to you?
10.9% | I am a smoker
89.1% | I am not a smoker

Do you believe smoking should be allowed in the following outdoor areas...
...Anywhere on elevated train platforms
12.9% | Yes
87.1% | No

...Designated locations on elevated train platforms
40.2% | Yes
59.8% | No

...Anywhere on outdoor Regional Rail platforms
17.8% | Yes
82.2% | No

...Designated locations on outdoor Regional Rail platforms
48.2% | Yes
51.8% | No

...Anywhere on bus berthing platforms
12.7% | Yes
87.3% | No

...Designated locations on bus berthing platforms
42.2% | Yes
57.8% | No

...No smoking at any time or place
41.6% | Yes
58.4% | No

If a SEPTA passenger observes another passenger eating, drinking or smoking on the system they usually politely remind the rider not to do so.
5.7% | I agree
82.4% | I disagree
11.9% | I'm not sure

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