2007 transportation needs and issues survey : summary of statewide results.

2007 transportation needs and issues survey : summary of statewide results.

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    Transportation needs and issues survey
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    NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Surveys ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Public Participation and Outreach ;
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    The Transportation Needs and Issues Survey was conducted in October and November of 2006 by the Survey Research Center at Oregon State University. The survey used a random digit dialing telephone survey method and completed a total of 1,013 interviews. The random sample was stratified by ODOT Region and contained at least 200 completed interviews per region. The statewide data was weighted to reflect the different population sizes within each region, household non-response by region, the variable number of landlines within a household, the number of adults in the household, and population characteristics of gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Notable highlights from the survey findings are as follows: • About three-fourths of respondents statewide feel that ODOT is doing a good or excellent job overall. • Highest levels of satisfaction with transportation services are with how ODOT maintains roadside rest areas; the way the DMV provides driver licenses and other services; and how well ODOT communicates to the public about current road construction on freeways. • More than 8 out of 10 respondents feel they are safe traveling in an automobile on Oregon highways. • Among those who use public transportation, about 7 out of 10 respondents feel safe using it. • About half of all respondents statewide see congestion as a somewhat serious or very serious problem. • Spending resources to maintain the existing highways, roads and bridges in Oregon is generally seen as more important than expanding and improving them. • Among the various transportation modes and services, spending resources for transportation services for the elderly and disadvantaged is seen as very important by 7 out of 10 respondents. • Spending resources on conserving and protecting clean air and water is seen as very important by 8 out of 10 respondents. • If more funds need to be raised for transportation projects, neither raising the gas tax nor charging user tolls is widely supported. A majority of respondents feels that tolling should only be considered in special, project-by-project situations. • Nearly two-thirds of the respondents feel that the state should explore ways to expand passenger rail services to segments of the rail system beyond the rail corridor between Portland, Salem, Albany and Eugene. Respondents are about evenly divided, however, on whether the state should develop some other funding source to pay for rail passenger service.
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