March 30, 2010

THE AMERICAN LOVE AFFAIR WITH TRAINS:

National poll shows support for more money for public transit (Jon Schmitz, 3/30/10, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A majority of Americans supports increased spending on public transit and a slim majority is willing to pay higher taxes for it, according to a poll released today. [...]

In the survey, 59 percent said public transportation was a better way to reduce congestion than building or expanding roads. Some 51 percent expressed support for a "small" tax increase to pay for better public transit, while 46 percent were opposed.

The poll showed that most Americans have no choice but to drive, and would prefer more options -- including transit, walking and biking. Some 73 percent said they have no choices other than car travel; 57 percent said they would like to spend less time in their cars; and 82 percent said America would benefit from expanded transit.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2010 1:36 PM
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