A new plan to cut traffic will be announced next week and not everyone is going to be happy about it, Transport Minister Ewart Brown has warned.

Suggestions already discussed by Cabinet include stopping the sale of second hand cars, placing restrictions on car ownership for guest workers and introducing a licence plate scheme that would allow drivers to come into Hamilton before 10am on alternate days based on whether their plates end in odd or even numbers.

One idea that could make the changes more palatable, however, is providing free public transport.

A new survey commissioned by the Bermuda Sun suggests 41 per cent of people would use the busses and ferries more if they didn't have to pay.

Dr. Brown isn't giving anything away until the formal announcement, but he definitely likes the idea of free transport.

Speaking late last year he said: "I would like to see public transportation in Bermuda free.

"It would make a big difference if you could hop on a ferry or bus and be charged nothing. I don't think the money we make [from it] is all that much."

More than 9,600 cars travel into Hamilton in the morning, most of them before 9am and most of them include just the driver. On average 170 new cars are added to the road every month.

We wanted to know whether free transport would be enough to make people leave their cars and bikes at home.

We also wanted to know how often people use public transport now.

Total Marketing and Communications Ltd surveyed 401 people for us between March 7-17.

It found that only six per cent of people use the bus every day and only two per cent use the ferry. A massive 43 per cent said they never use the bus and 36 per cent said they never use the ferry.

When asked if they would use public transport more if it were free, however, 41 per cent said they would, although 57 per cent said it wouldn't make a difference.

Total Marketing explained: "Those most likely to use the bus include less affluent residents, those 55 years of age or older, black residents and non-Bermudians."

Dr. Brown has been promising to announce controversial traffic decongestion measures ever since he came into office. Last week though he told reporters at a press conference that an announcement would be made next week.