Residents say transportation is D.C. region’s biggest challenge
Residents in the D.C. metro area believe transportation is the greatest challenge facing the region, according to a comprehensive poll released Monday.
“To have three times as many people mention traffic and transportation as mention jobs and the economy is extraordinary,” said Steve Raabe, president of OpinionWorks, the research company that conducted the survey. “This is a real headline finding.”
- Widening portions of the Capital Beltway in Maryland (71 percent);
- Widening portions of Interstate 66 (70 percent);
- Widening and redesigning Interstate 270 (70 percent);
- Building the Purple Line (67 percent);
- Constructing a new Potomac River bridge crossing north of the American Legion Bridge (59 percent).
“There’s a real consensus among experts that these are the kinds of investments we need to make to significantly reduce congestion, and now we know the public is on the same page,” said Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance President David Birtwistle.