Survey: People want more transit options

In many communities around Greater Washington, attempts to improve transit, accommodate walkers and bicyclists or do infill development are often controversial. But a new survey suggests that public support for these and other measures is high in both urban and suburban areas.

Over the past two years, the Transportation Planning Board, which coordinates road and transit planning efforts across the D.C. area, has identified ways to improve the region’s transportation network to support future growth. As part of the process for creating the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, TPB surveyed residents on what transportation issues mattered to them.

TPB mailed out 10,000 inquiries to randomly selected addresses across their planning area, which includes 13 cities and counties in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The agency received 660 responses, and the results are surprising.

First, TPB gave survey respondents a list of 14 transportation challenges in the region and asked them to rate each one’s significance on a scale of 1 to 5. The top four responses were transit crowding, repairing Metro, roadway congestion and road repair needs.

Respondents gave each of those issues an average score of 4 or higher. Survey takers also ranked as major challenges the distances between housing and jobs, pressure to develop open space and inadequate bus service. Pedestrian and bicyclist safety and building around Metro were at the bottom of the list, but with average scores of 3.27 and 3.26, people still considered them significant issues.

[Continue reading Dan Reed’s post here at Just Up the Pike.]

Dan Reed blogs at Just Up the Pike. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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