The Attitude of Residents of the Metropolis to Personal and Public Transport



The article is concerned with the analysis of modern international researches on the people’s attitude to personal and public transport. The article is aimed at a theoretical study of the attitude to personal and public transport abroad and is carried out by analyzing recent researches. Today, the perception of public transport by the society is burdened by the consequences of the experienced COVID-19 pandemic. “Rehabilitation” and expansion of public transport services in the minds of the population is one of the most important tasks of the transport services sector in modern megacities. Partly it helps to solve the service of "sharing" the car - car sharing and ride pooling, but the attitude of residents of megacities towards them is ambiguous. Nevertheless, these types of transport can be conditionally classified as public, as they allow reducing the share of personal vehicles on the roads of cities, providing more “secluded” and, therefore, safer travel conditions in terms of individual protection from spreading infectious diseases. At the same time, car sharing and ride pooling allow to maintain a safe psychological distance. Not many studies have been devoted to the study of various socio-psychological factors of a person's attitude to public transport and, in particular, car sharing, a number of them are based on the theory of planned behavior. Partially some of these factors are discussed in this article. The results of the analysis make it possible to identify the features of the attitude of public transport users to its new types - car sharing and ride pooling, to analyze its advantages and disadvantages from the point of view of residents of megacities.

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Keywords: social representations, public transport, personal transport, safety, psychological distance, theory of planned behavior

Journal rubric: Labour Psychology and Engineering Psychology

Article type: review article


Received: 29.12.2022


For citation: Ershova O.A. The Attitude of Residents of the Metropolis to Personal and Public Transport [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2023. Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 16–25. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2023120102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga A. Ershova, Master in Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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