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Poll: Triangle residents want better transit options

Posted March 15, 2011 9:32 p.m. EDT
Updated March 15, 2011 9:33 p.m. EDT

— With gas prices on the incline, the Regional Transportation Alliance polled Triangle residents this month about a proposed half-cent sales tax that would fund expanded rail and bus services in Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents in Orange and Durham counties and 51 percent in Wake County supported the sales tax, according to poll results released Tuesday. More than 75 percent of respondents in all counties said they felt they would benefit from enhanced public transit, according to the RTA.

"If gas were to increase to $4 a gallon, more than 20 percent of voters said that that would make them more likely to support the tax to improve transit options," said Paul Fallon of Fallon Research and Communications in Columbus, Ohio, the firm that conducted the poll.

Public transit to Research Triangle Park was the top priority for people polled in Wake County, and travel between counties ranked highest among those polled in Durham and Orange counties.

This is the third RTA poll – funded by area chambers of commerce – conducted since the approval of long-range transit plans in 2009, including a proposal for 51 miles of light rail from Chapel Hill to North Raleigh.