A just released national survey by the US Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, shows that a majority of the public considered it important to have a wide range of transportation alternatives. The results are from the 2009 Omnibus Household Survey, adminisitered by the BTS.
The survey also showed that three quarters would like to be able to reach transit options without driving:
- 75 percent stated that reliable local bus, rail, or ferry transportation that could be reached without driving was important;
- 70 percent found importance in bike lanes or paths to shopping, work, or school;
- 94 percent said that major roads or highways that served their community were important; and
- 89 percent felt that adequate parking in the downtown or central business district was important.
Providing transportation options is one of eight key assets of a vibrant, attractive community, as identified by the Michigan Municipal League's Center for 21st Century Communities. Be sure to hear more at the League's annual convention, October 4-7 in Grand Rapids.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.