On 14th November, the Analytical Center experts are starting to process and analyze the data they gathered by surveying commuter transport passengers. The study was conducted by the Analytical Center in October and November and in that period 10,000 people took part in it via the website alone.
"The online survey was one way we gathered the information we were interested in," says Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Svetlana Ganeeva. "At the same time we were conducting in-person interviews with industry representatives, talking to relevant ministries and regional government departments. We used a variety of data in the study: we got passenger numbers, types of tickets and destinations from the carriers, the Federal Statistics Service and the Ministry for Labor supplied us with information about pay, vacancies and employment in various towns and cities."
It was a truly national survey. "We feared that we would only be able to get representative samples from the big cities: Moscow and Saint Petersburg, so instead of learning about the role of commuter transport in Russia we’d only learn about the role of commuter transport in the two capital systems," Ms Ganeeva said. "But thanks to the support and assistance of the regional governments, we got enough respondents from all over the country, from a broad variety of regions with different environmental and economic conditions." Our analysts then used all these data to divide all regions into groups that are different in the role of commuter transport. This was done so we can make recommendations specific to the type of situation that exists in every region rather than one-size-fits-all general recommendations.
"Analysis is naturally going to take time. The findings of the survey will be published on the website of the Analytical Center before the end of this year," Ms Ganeeva promised.
It should be reminded that the Analytical Center is currently working on a methodology that will allow us not only to simply study the spending of passengers, regional or federal treasuries on commuter transportation but also assess how useful these services really are. Among other things, the analysts paid attention to the issues and aspects that fall outside the official statistics.