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Survey: Typical CAT bus rider makes $50K-plus

By - Last modified: April 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

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Nearly 30 percent of Capital Area Transit commuters earn more than $75,000 per year, according to a recent CAT commuter survey.

The typical CAT rider is a college-educated Caucasian woman who is 45 to 54 years old, with Internet access and an income of $50,000 or more, said CAT spokesman Robert Philbin.

“There’s a popular misconception that many bus riders are at or below poverty income levels,” Philbin said.

The results of CAT’s first in-house survey found that 37.5 percent of CAT commuter riders earn $23,000 to $50,000 annually. Another 25 percent earn $50,000 to $75,000, according to the survey.

About 8.2 percent surveyed report income levels below $23,000 per year.

The CAT survey also found that more than 46 percent said they have college degrees, 14.3 percent reported post-graduate degrees, and 23 percent said they had some college education. Only 2.2 percent said they had less than a high school diploma or GED.

“Another surprise, at least for me, is that almost 50 percent of commuter riders use (park-and-ride) locations around the region to access a CAT bus, versus 46.6 percent who walk from home to their bus stop,” Philbin said.

CAT is planning to conduct on-board individual route surveys. This online survey was based on a 25 percent response rate from an electronic database of more than 1,000 CAT riders who signed up through the CAT website, Philbin said.

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