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New Regional Poll on Transportation: DC-Area Residents Strongly Favor New Road AND Transit Projects, Want Action on Gridlock

Transportation is BY FAR the Number-One Issue to Suburban Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia Residents

Bethesda, Maryland – A recent poll released today at a briefing of area leaders shows transportation is by far the top long-term concern for residents of the Greater Washington Region; and in all three jurisdictions overwhelming majorities favor significant new investments in both the area’s highway and mass transit networks. Large majorities in all jurisdictions support: Investing in the core capacity of the existing Metro system (though not necessarily its further expansion); plus major new multi-modal investments to widen and redesign several highway corridors, including I-270, the Capital Beltway, portions of I-66, and the American Legion Bridge, adding new express-toll lanes and regional bus-rapid-transit service on each; as well as Virginia’s Bi-County Parkway, a new Potomac River bridge crossing north of the American Legion Bridge, and two new transit lines in Maryland, the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). Public support for all of these projects was exceptionally strong, ranging from 4-to-1 to 12-to-1 margins, in all cases. The survey was conducted by OpinionWorks and commissioned by the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) and the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA). “Washington-area residents are clearly fed up with traffic and want to see more investment in both transit and roads,” said SMTA Chair Jennifer Russel. “We need to stop looking at this as a ‘roads vs. transit’ issue; people want to see a lot more investment in both,” she continued.

Read the full press release:  SMTA NVTA Transportation Poll Press Release 4-18

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