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Only one percent of Lithuanians use trains regularly

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Meager 1 percent of Lithuanians use trains at least once a week, and the proportion of regular users is the lowest among 27 European Union’s (EU) Member States, the latest Eurobarometer survey has shown.

The same proportion has been recorded in Greece.

The poll, which was conducted in Lithuania by TNS Gallup, has also shown that 37 percent of Lithuanians who do not travel by train would be encouraged to do so if fares were lower, while 29 percent mentioned more routes, and 14 percent would like to see faster journeys. Meager 4 percent of those who do not use trains (the lowest percentage in the EU) said that traveling by train in Lithuania was unreliable.

More than one-third, or 36 percent, of Lithuanians could not specify the reasons that would encourage them to travel by train more.

Nearly one-third, or 32 percent, of Lithuanians said that they traveled by train at least once a year. A lower percentage was only recorded in Portugal (29). The percentages were highest in Sweden (86), Finland (74) and Denmark (72).

Only 5 percent of the Lithuanians who travel by train (the lowest percentage across the EU) cited business trips as their main reason for traveling by train.

More than three-fourths, or 78 percent, of Lithuanians agreed that more competition in the railway system would be good for passengers.

Latvians also hardly use trains - only 2 percent take it at least once a week, same as in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ireland, and Finland. The respective rate for Estonia was 3 percent. The highest percentage – 12 percent – was recorded in Luxembourg.

TNS Gallup polled a representative sample of 1,016 Lithuanians in March. Across the EU, the survey involved nearly 26,000 interviews.

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