By: Michael Maurino, Government Relations Coordinator, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce completed a survey of more than 2,500 people on transportation issues, and found that respondents seek an improved transportation system with more services and better technologies.
More than 92-percent of respondents said they drove their car alone as their primary mode of transportation. But, 65-percent of respondents said they would take advantage of improved transit at their home or work, and 75-percent thought that traffic congestion was a significant factor for them. The majority of respondents said it took them more than 30 minutes to get to work or school.
Respondents chose synchronized traffic signals, additional lanes on interstates and expressways, and new transit services like express bus, ferry, and rail as the top-three changes to the transportation system that would most benefit them. New transit services were selected most often by respondents as their top transportation improvement.
The results of this survey are similar to the results of a survey of Chamber member executives, who selected the same top-three transportation improvements, thought that congestion was a significant factor, and that employees would use improved transit.
Nearly 99% of respondents indicated that they lived, worked, or were going to school in Hillsborough County. The Chamber’s survey was distributed by member companies, through social media, and traditional media outlets. The survey was available Sept. 4 – Oct. 31.