Public Opinion on Transit

On Friday, pollster Adam Davis spoke to City Club’s Friday Forum on the topic of the disconnect between leaders and the public (as he put it, between the edges of the bell curve and the bell). No, I didn’t ask him a transportation question – I asked about citizenship and the public “commons”.

But Ray Polani did ask the transportation question, and the answer was reasonably encouraging. You can hear it here (MP3, 2.9M, 3 min).

Adam’s main points:

  • People are becoming more inclined to support investment in transit versus highways.
  • Many have moved here from regions that have tried spending big bucks on highways, with little benefit.
  • Gas prices are making people rethink investment.
  • The public still wants a balanced system.

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