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2005

University of New Orleans

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Physical Activity And Use Of Suburban Train Stations: An Exploratory Analysis, John L. Renne Jan 2005

Physical Activity And Use Of Suburban Train Stations: An Exploratory Analysis, John L. Renne

Planning and Urban Studies Faculty Publications

Physical inactivity contributes to a growing proportion of illness and premature death in the United States. Only about 45 percent of Americans meet the recommended national standard for physical activity. Yet, analysis of 300 surveys collected from train riders at three walkable New Jersey suburban train stations showed that 78 percent met the activity guidelines. A new train station that allows these riders to save time in their commute has attracted new riders and has led existing commuters to change their commute. One-third of those surveyed reported additional physical activity primarily because they walked more after leaving the train in ...