FOX47 NEWS - Survey Shows Commuter Rail Support
A new survey has given plans for a regional transit authority in Dane county an extra push.
In November, Edgewood College in Madison conducted a survey asking likely voters questions on a variety of issues.
One question asked survey takers whether or not they supported a regional transit authority that would set up a sales tax district to help pay for commuter rails in the county.
Around 65 percent said yes.
I can't say that I'm suprised. Citizens I've talked to around the county have told me that they want options, says Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.
Falk says the survey shows that residents want an answer to the growing commuter traffic in the Madison area.
Falk says the plan is to expand existing commuter rail track lines that mainly move freight, and use them to move people.
What the data has shown is that most places in dane county the smallest towns to the largest cities relies on getting to the city of madison for work, Falk says.
Dane county board Supervisor Eileen Bruskewitz says the survey doesn't justify going forward.
With the way the question was worded, it's so vague so non specific, you can't rely on those results, Bruskewitz.
Bruskewitz says the survey does show there is a need for alternate means of transportation in Dane County,
But adds the county should look for a solution that's less costly.
There are many many other options than putting a very expensive train system that very few riders will use, Bruskewitz says.
Falk says plans for a regional transit authority are still years away.
She says they still need to get approval on both the federal and state level.
Falk also says she is planning a statewide referendum on the regional transit authority in the near future.
The Edgewood College survey was conducted on 262 likely Dane County voters.