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.
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.]
$500 was not enough.
the budget calculator
helped them weigh priorities.
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
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?
17% Other 30% Commuter Rail 23% HOV on I-5 30% Combine Several Lower Cost Options
Long term priorities for transportation
1. Expand Travel Options
2. Maintain the System
3. Improve Mobility
4. Increase Efficiency
5. Boost Economic Vitality
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.
Who responded to the survey?
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?
Will do more walking, bicycling, teleworking, riding the transit
Will do less driving
Will do the same amount of walking.
Will do same amount of driving, bus riding, carpooling/vanpooling.
Will NOT carpool/vanpool, telework, ride the train.
Why the change? Respondents offered a number of different reasons:
Changing Physical Ability
Children Entering School
Children Old Enough to Drive or Leaving Home
More Future Transportation Options & Changing Technology