A huge majority (93%) thinks Central Florida needs a more balanced transportation system, including increased options like trains and buses. Majorities exceeding 90% agree that “the community has an obligation to provide public transportation” and that “public transportation benefits everyone.”
Most (92%) think that bicycling and walking are important elements in the overall transportation system. For the first time, our survey asked about bicycling and walking habits. Most people said they would like to walk and bike more, and to feel safer doing so.
Though only 24% of respondents said that gas tax is the primary method of paying for transportation, this is an increase over the 2013 result of 17%. There is clearly more work to be done in helping the public understand how transportation projects get funded.
A majority of respondents now endorse an increase in gas tax or sales tax as a method of funding transportation – the most dramatic public opinion change documented in our series of surveys. A new question in 2015 asked whether toll revenues should be used to help pay for public transportation like bus and rail – and a majority of 79% felt that they should.
Read the 2015 Public Opinion Research Report
This is just a snapshot of what we learned in the 2015 survey.
To learn more about Central Floridians' opinions on transportation issues, read the full 2015 Public Opinion Research Report on MetroPlan Orlando's website: