(TRA) Austin - A study conducted by a research group at the University of Texas at the request of the Texas Department of Transportation shows that an overwhelming majority of Texans surveyed not only want more passenger rail service in their area and statewide, but they are willing to commit tax dollars and additional resources to make it happen. The same survey showed support for working on roads and highways but soundly rejected new toll roads.
The survey of 2,000 Texans was presented to the I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee in Austin in 2011.
The I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee members were made up of independent citizens interested in the future of the corridor and provided TxDOT with a citizen’s view of how the corridor should be developed. The committee held public meetings from 2010 through 2012.
In August 2011, after extensive input from citizens, community leaders and business owners, the committee issued the My35 Plan to improve safety, mobility and economic development along the entire I-35 corridor.
The survey measured transportation attitudes toward both road and rail transportation issues on the I-35 corridor in particular and also sampled citizen views around the state. http://texasrailadvocates.org/university-of-texas-study-released/