2014 Thurston Transportation Priorities Survey

In 2014, TRPC widely distributed a transportation priorities survey and investment calculator to gather information on public priorities. The calculator allowed users to get a hands-on feel balancing transportation investment priorities and budget constraints. Below are highlights from the survey results, or view the full survey results.
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1,449
Survey Respondents

Contact Us

  1. Karen Parkhurst
    Programs & Policy Director
    parkhuk@trpc.org

    Thurston Regional Planning Council
    2424 Heritage Court SW
    Suite A
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Ph: 360-956-7575

Investment Calculator

Users were allotted $500 to spend on making transportation better in Thurston County. 

  • Where should that money go? 
  • Is it enough?

[Respondents used an investment calculator to weigh various investment options relative to $500. For example, $20 would expand vanpooling, $175 would add more sidewalks and crosswalks, and $500 would widen I-5 to add HOV lanes.]

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75% said...

$500 was not enough.


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86% said...

the budget calculator
helped them weigh priorities.

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56% said...

they changed priorities
to fit the $500 budget.

Top Priorities for Thurston County

For Me...
More Bike Lanes
More Sidewalks/Crosswalks
More Trails
More Pavement Repair & Maintenance
For the Community...
More Bus & Rail
More Vanpooling
Reduce Solo Travel
More Park & Ride Lots
Maintain Rural Transit
Bus Repair & Replacement
For Commerce...
Add I-5 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
Charge Freeway User Fees
More Technology on Freeways
More Pavement Repair & Maintenance

If you were to invest in just one big priority what would it be?



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17% Other
30% Commuter Rail
23% HOV on I-5
30% Combine Several Lower Cost Options

Long term priorities for transportation


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1. Expand Travel Options
2. Maintain the System
3. Improve Mobility
4. Increase Efficiency
5. Boost Economic Vitality

 


 
  

2/3


support raising transportation taxes and fees for their important priorities but...

Respondents varied widely on their important priorities - 

  • Widen roads...Don't widen roads
  • More bike lanes...No bike lanes
  • Expand transit...Limit transit
  • More rail...No more rail
Many wanted greater efficiency in government spending before 
raising taxes or fees.

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Who responded to the survey?



Live … 
2/3 live in Lacey, Olympia or Tumwater 
Work … 
9/10 work in Lacey, Olympia or Tumwater
Age … 
1/2 were 35-54 & 1/3 were 55-64
Gender … 
more than 1/2 were women
Ethnicity … 
4/5 were Caucasian
Household 
Income … 
1/2 earned $50,000 to $100,000 & 1/3 earned $100,000 +

      
  In 10 years, how will your transportation needs change?

40%

Will do more walking, bicycling, teleworking, riding the transit

51%

Will do less driving

43%

Will do the same amount of walking.

30%

Will do same amount of driving, bus riding, carpooling/vanpooling.

40%

Will NOT carpool/vanpool, telework, ride the train.

  
  Why the change? Respondents offered a number of different reasons:
   

  • Retirement
  • Changing Physical Ability
  • Children Entering School
  • Children Old Enough to Drive or Leaving Home
  • More Future Transportation Options & Changing Technology
  • Congestion
  • Growth
  • Employment Changes
  • Location Changes
  • Environmental Issues
  • Increasing Costs
To learn more, view the full Transportation Priorities Survey results.