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Survey: Gwinnettians want more transit options

DULUTH -- In a recent survey, Gwinnett commuters said they would use transit if there were better options available.

The input, which was gathered as an update to the 10-year-old Gwinnett Livable Centers Initiative, came from a surveymonkey.com posting with more than 200 respondents last October.

It was undertaken by the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, county government and Atlanta Regional Commission.

The majority said they would prefer to travel by car, but 12 percent preferred light rail and another 18 percent would opt for high-speed rail.

Only 26 percent said they would never ride transit, while 27 percent said convenience was the greatest impediment currently.

In a press release, Gwinnett Place CID Executive Director Joe Allen said the survey results positively indicate a need for the transportation enhancements already sought for the area, which includes the Gwinnett Place and Discover Mills malls, Gwinnett Technical College and the Gwinnett Center.

"In addition to the LCI update, the CID is partnering to identify transportation alternatives and opportunities along the I-85 corridor from I-285 to the Gwinnett Center," Allen said. "There is a definite need to expand the services available to our residents and to make it easier to access those options. These study efforts are an important part of making changes in the future."

About 37 percent of respondents said the biggest need for the area is a new interchange at Pleasant Hill, where construction will soon begin on a new diverging diamond interchange. The next most popular option was a regional transit connection.

In its work for public input to the 10-year update to the LCI plan, the CID has scheduled an open house for next week. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at along the lower level of Gwinnett Place Mall in the Belk wing.

Comments

R 2 years, 3 months ago

Having participated in the study, its questions were skewed to obtain predetermined results from which you could not opt out of. If one wishes to be led to water and then have their head submerged, this would be a great afternoon event.

It would be a real service if the media would link the question sets with these press releases going forward, so you can see what the overwhelming mandates are actually based on. This recommendation holds true on ANY study, so readers can see the inherent biases. Sadly it seems the days are LONG gone when studies were once used to get data that decisions could be actually be derived from, rather than determining the correct outcome first and then structuring questions/response flows to get the test takers to that desired outcome. If we want a turn by turn trip map, we'll use the GPS.

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JV 2 years, 3 months ago

R. Thanks for confirming my suspicions. I'm still voting no to T-SPLOST.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

I am with you. Joe Allen desperately needs something to do for a living so he wants more construction. We have enough of everything. It just keeps getting more congested they more they build and transit is useless unless it passes right in front your house, which has failed 3 yrs ago because Gwinnett couldn't afford the subsidies it had to pay to keep routes going.

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SuxBeanU 2 years, 3 months ago

Let me get this straight, 200 people log on to some totally unknown website and answer some obviously slanted questions, and from this we can determine the transportation desires of a county with a population of over 800,00 residents. Do these people understand how ridiculous this looks and sounds? It's possible that all 200 survey respondents may be affiliated with the alphabet soup of organizations mentioned in the article, CID, ARC, LCI, what have you. Ever since this T-SPLOST thing was hatched, we have seen a steady stream of agenda driven groups come out of the woodwork with the sole purpose of getting their hands on some of the $7 billion largess that is T-SPLOST. I'm sure the majority of residents feel the need to improve transportation in our area, but we just don't agree on how that is to be accomplished. One way NOT to do it, is impose a tax on the residents and then throw that money at to every "initiative" and well meaning but unproductive outfit that comes calling. Until the politicians provide a concrete plan for T-SPLOST.....just vote NO!

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bulldogmike 2 years, 3 months ago

How can 200 respondents be a legitimate study for the population of gwinnett county and for this newspaper to publish this material only diminishes the credibility of the newspaper. I am dissappointed that the newspaper chose to publish this. What were you thinking about? and for any organization to claim legitimacy from this study will only show the public how corrupt and dishonest they are.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

Transit in most parts of metro Atlanta will NOT work. Why do you think they have cancelled many transit routes about 3 yrs ago? No one was using it. The taxpayers will subsidise anything thy try. The "right" price for transit will never fly because too many people will complain about paying $4 each way for transit. This is another waste of our money to do these studies. These people offering to do these studies are a bunch of crooks looking to waste our tax money or some connections of theirs. People will NEVER keep their cars at home. Besides, how will you get to the transit stop going and your place of work after getting off the transit? Atlanta is too spread out for transit to work any other place except in a highly concentrated populated area, which does NOT include Metro Atlanta outside I285.

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Mack711 2 years, 3 months ago

First 200 residents cannot speak for 800K +. If what we are reading is correct and the survey was slanted to get the answers the study wanted then a lot of tax payer dollars were wasted. As posted previously there are too many wanting to get a piece of the 'pie' That leads to wasteful spending. The system is corrupt to say the least. Do not have an answer as to how to correct, but the current way of doing business is not in the best intrest of the taxpayer. We are wasting a lot of money on all these studies that do not offer solutions. On way may work and that is to stager work start times for some offices.

Citizens will not give up their cars and take mass transit. Some think that mass transit is dangerous, what with all the crimes in and around MARTA stations. This is another factor that must be addressed now not after the system is built. Put a question about safety at the stations and see how many will say NO to mass transit.

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news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

A little more than 200 people want more transit options, obviously no where near the majority of Gwinnett. Sad part is they only found or hand picked 200 people to participate.

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jack 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't survey monkeys just fling statistical poo?

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SteveJ 2 years, 3 months ago

My first reaction when I saw the story this morning, and realized that an unscientific survey (not a random sample) with a small sample size made the top of the first page in the paper, was to wonder who was trying to make money off what, and how the heck they sold this story to the paper.

Really bad reporting Gwinnett Daily Post. To "report" this as representing the opinions of Gwinnett County residents without indicating that it is NOT a scientific survey and is certainly biased because of the type of sample indicates that you either know nothing about surveys or that you're in someone's pocket, selling the story they want you to sell....

The next question is: who wants to do what with this survey's "results", and who is going to make money off it?

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SteveJ 2 years, 3 months ago

Where did my first post go?

BAD or unethical reporting. Results from small, unscientific, biased survey reported above the fold on the front page? Who is making money off this, and how did they get the Post to report it as newsworthy?

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JRegan 2 years, 3 months ago

Well obviously people don't realized what a good deal mass transit is. Several years ago I rode Gwinnett Transit and once did a calculation of what I saved per day. From my home to work was 80 miles round trip, using the IRS mileage fee of 50 cents to cover gas, insurance, maintenance and depreciation I saved $40 per day plus the $6 parking daily parking fee. Total savings per day $46 - awesome.

Of course I need to thank all the Atlantans, Georgians, and US tax payers for supplimenting my transportation back and forth to work for which I only paid $5.00. I couldn't have bought gas for my car for $5.00 per day.

Isn't it great that our government takes money from those that can afford to pay and supplements other people that can afford to pay transportation costs to get to work just because they want people to ride mass transit?

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news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

This push for mass transit is interesting, isn't it? We get mass transit here in Gwinnett and next thing you know Briscoe Field is a commercial airport. Not much of a coincidence that these two items keep dying and coming back to life together.

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