Results of the 2016 CHR Short Survey are in!
Here’s a quick breakdown:
Residents continue to place a high priority on improving public transportation compared to other transportation needs.
Adding more transit options, such as light rail or bus rapid transit, ranked the highest. Increasing and expanding routes and integrating transit into major road, bridge and tunnel projects also rated highly.
There is a continued strong belief that improved public transportation will have a positive impact on local economic growth.
On a scale of 0 (extremely negative) to 100 (extremely positive impact), the average score was 82. For more info on economic impacts and benefits of transit across Hampton Roads visit here. Such beliefs about transit’s positive impacts are well grounded. Today’s HRT services (with just over $100 million in costs) support over 20,300 jobs and $548 million in employment income each year. HRT services also support $93 million in consumer spending and help avoid 45 million additional vehicle miles on our roadways. These are real benefits that would not exist without HRT services.
Participants believe we should be spending significantly more on public transportation than what they think is spent.
This year we added two new questions about transportation funding. When asked, “Out of every dollar local governments invest in transportation in Hampton Roads, how many cents would you guess is currently spent on public transportation such as ferries, buses, and light rail?”, the average answer was 26 cents.
When asked how much they believe should be spent on public transportation, however, the answer was 46 cents. Clearly, there is a significant difference in what people say we should be spending on transit compared to what they think is spent. Of course, actual spending among local governments varies and today, for new regional transportation funds, zero pennies of each dollar are being spent on public transportation.