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Three out of four Americans are frustrated with the lack of transportation options that forces them to drive more than they would prefer, according to a new nationwide public opinion survey released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). According to the poll results, two out of three support government investment to expand and improve public transportation and twice as many people favor new transit – buses, trains and light rail – rather than new highways as the best way to solve America’s traffic woes.
The survey of 800 Americans was conducted this summer by a bipartisan team — Public Opinion Strategies, which conducts polling for Republican candidates, and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, which specializes in polling for Democratic candidates. The nationwide telephone survey was preceded by focus groups in Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Philadelphia, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio.
Americans broadly agree that the current transportation system is in need of major change:
Most Americans want more transportation options – and rank improved public transportation and better planning as some of the best ways to get them.
Americans understand that an improved transportation system will cost money – and are willing to pay for it.
“Transit ridership in the U.S. is at an all-time high and even more people would use it if they could. Many believe Americans are in love with their cars, but most are frustrated with the lack of options for adequate, reliable public transit service,” said Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest labor organization representing transit workers in North America.
For additional information about this NRDC poll, visit:
Memo on national poll findings: http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/files/ene_12090401a.pdf
PowerPoint slides on poll results: http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/files/ene_12090402a.pdf