trucks, and SUVs in the Portland Area. Jim Redden’s article in the May 1st edition of the Clackamas Review, Put money in transit, roads, summarizes the survey results. Responses came from survey respondents in Clackamas (12% of responses), Multnomah (63%) and
(25%) counties. The demographics of the panelists tended to be older, better-
educated Democrats living in , so this won’t be considered
a scientific sample of the tri-county area.
The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2014 with
recommendations to be presented to the Legislature in 2015. Multnomah
Only one in three participants of the survey were aware of Oregon’s law requiring the reduction of green house gas emissions, but 70% of the participants don’t feel that enough is being done about climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the region. The survey also noted that nearly 80% of the respondents drove alone either daily or weekly in the past year, but when questioned, they stated they would use public transportation more if it got them to their destination as fast as a car, was more reliable, and if it was easier to get to a stop. Seventy five percent would also walk or bike if their destination was closer and fifty seven percent would walk or bike if there were more paths and sidewalks.
Sixty nine percent of respondents were willing to pay more in gas, parking, and fees if the money generated was spent on repairing and expanding roads, public transportation, and bike and pedestrian systems. The spending priorities for the respondents in the next ten to twenty years, in order of priority: increase coverage, frequency, and reliability of public transportation; fix potholes, repair roads, and improve traffic flow; better connection of sidewalks, pedestrian paths and separate bicycle paths; investment in fuel efficient vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure; expand roads and highways; incentives to locate more housing, businesses and services near public transportation stops.
respondents were the least willing to pay more (39%), perhaps because they already
have a county-wide road tax. Washington County
The results of this survey were interesting, and I hope Metro uses this information when deciding ways to improve our region’s impact on the environment. There is a lot that can be accomplished to improve our environmental footprint if we begin taking the right steps. Funding is an important start, and raising the cost to drive is an excellent beginning to get us where we hope to be in the future. Anyone interested in viewing the survey or to register as an Opt In Panelist for future surveys can visit the website at optinpanel.org.
Thank you Sravya Garladenne for review this post.