Triangle residents want better transportation options and are willing to have an increase in taxes to help fund public transportation in the area, according to a survey done by Fallon Research out of Columbus, OH. The survey was done for the Regional Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit Triangle business group who lobbies for transportation improvements in the Triangle Area.
The phone survey was done in early March and 58% of those polled said they would vote in favor of a half-cent increase in local sales tax to pay for a network of rail transit and more buses. The surprising part of the survey is that a majority of people polled do not currently use public transit, but are in favor of increasing it in the Triangle area to benefit others who do utilize it.
• 9% use public transit and 69% do not use it.
• 23% of public transit users are between the ages of 18 and 29.
• 32% of those polled would use a new expanded bus system frequently.
• 43% said they would use a train system if made available.
• 29% of those polled believed that travel between Wake, Durham and Orange counties should be the highest priority for an improved transit system.
• 27% of people polled felt that travel to Research Triangle Park should be the highest priority.
• 5% of those surveyed felt that more public transportation choices would improve the area’s quality of life.
Elected officials in the Triangle area are in the process of developing a long-range plan for an improved transit system. It is expected that in 2011 or 2012 a local referendum on whether to increase sales tax to fund transit will be held.
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