ACCS Green Study: Sustainable Transportation in Arlington County

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Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) 2009 Green Study - Sustainable Transportation in Arlington County

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ACCS Green Study: Sustainable Transportation in Arlington County

  1. 1. Prepared by Presented 2/25/2010 ACCS 2009 Green Study
  2. 2. Current State of Sustainable Transportation in Arlington County
  3. 3. Satisfaction with Arlington County’s Transportation System Is High
  4. 4. How satisfied you are with the transportation system in Arlington County? “Transportation system” means “all services and options that make it possible to travel in Arlington County, as well as the quality of those services.” This would include such things as bus and train service, roads, support services for bicycling, walking, carpooling, and so forth.” Overall, how satisfied are you with the County’s transportation system? Please use a scale of 1-5 where “1” means that you are “not at all satisfied” and “5” means that you would be “very satisfied.” Satisfaction with Arlington County’s Transportation System
  5. 5. More Than Three-Quarters Are Satisfied with Arlington County’s Transportation System QG11: Overall, how satisfied are you with the County’s transportation system? Weighted Data 79% Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  6. 6. Satisfaction with Arlington County’s Transportation System Does Not Vary Substantially by Where in Arlington They Live QG11: Overall, how satisfied are you with the County’s transportation system? Weighted Data Shirlington n = 58 R/B Corridor n = 196 J/D Corridor n = 50 Columbia Pike n = 95 Other n = 558 Within ¼ mile n = 176 Further than ¼ mile n = 781 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  7. 7. Residents See Arlington County as a Place to Live and a Place for Young Professionals Car-Free Living, While High, Is in the Bottom Half of “Place Qualities” QG12: Next, I am going to read you a list of qualities that some people might use to rate a community. I’d like for you to rate Arlington County on each of these qualities: Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” Weighted Data % who said “don’t know” was between 0% and 8% with the exception of “Artists” – 17%, and “Start a business” – 19%
  8. 8. Those Who Live in the J/D Corridor or Shirlington and Those Who Live Near a Metro Stop Are the Most Likely to See Arlington as a Place for Car-Free Living Weighted Data QG12: Next, I am going to read you a list of qualities that some people might use to rate a community. I’d like for you to rate Arlington County on each of these qualities… A place for people who want to live a car-free life. Shirlington n = 58 R/B Corridor n = 196 J/D Corridor n = 50 Columbia Pike n = 95 Other n = 558 Within ¼ mile n = 176 Further than ¼ mile n = 781 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  9. 9. Many Arlington County Residents Use Alternative Modes of Transportation to Commute to Work
  10. 10. About Half of Respondents Report Regularly Using an Alternative Mode of Transportation to Commute to Work QG54C: What type of transportation do you typically use to get to work? Please choose only the one type you use most days in a typical week, for the longest distance part of your trip. Weighted Data 49% Only asked if respondent is currently employed. n = 511
  11. 11. Those Living in the R/B Corridor and Those Living Near a Metro Stop Are the Most Likely to Use Alternative Modes QG54C: What type of transportation do you typically use to get to work? Please choose only the one type you use most days in a typical week, for the longest distance part of your trip. Weighted Data Caution – Low Sample Sizes: Shirlington: n = 34 R/B Corridor: n = 107 J/D Corridor: n = 30 Columbia Pike: n = 55 Other: n = 285 Within ¼ mile of Metro n = 96 Further than ¼ mile from Metro n = 415 Usage of Alternative Modes to Commute to Work Proportions show those who indicate using a mode other than “drive alone.”
  12. 12. Arlington Residents Are Open to Trying Different Modes of Transportation
  13. 13. Almost 4 in 10 Use a Mode Other Than Their Regular Mode at Least a Few Times a Month QG54H: How often do you use another type of transportation to get to work, other than the one you just indicated? Weighted Data 38% Only asked if respondent is currently employed. n = 501
  14. 14. Those Who Frequently Use a Mode Other Than Their Regular Mode Are Most Likely to Take the Metro QG54J: What other types of transportation do you use? Weighted Data Only asked of those who use a mode other than their regular mode at least a few times a month. n = 175
  15. 15. Convenience and Transportation Has Encouraged Residents to Move to and Stay in Arlington
  16. 16. Recruitment Please rate the following aspects on how important each was to your initial decision to locate in Arlington County… Retention your decision to remain in Arlington County…
  17. 17. Transportation Plays a Major Role in the Decision to Move to Arlington County QG13A: Please rate the following aspects on how important each was to your initial decision to locate in Arlington County. Weighted Data 783 respondents were asked this question because they said “I made the decision to move to AC by myself or with others.” n = various Does not include those who said “don’t know.” Those who work outside of Arlington County are more likely to say that the proximity to D.C. and transportation support services were reasons for moving to Arlington.
  18. 18. Those in the R/B and J/D Corridors Are the Most Likely to Have Moved to Arlington Because of Public Transportation and Car-Free Living Weighted Data QG13A: Please rate the following aspects on how important each was to your initial decision to locate in Arlington County. Only those who said “I made the decision to move to AC by myself or with others” were asked this question. Shirlington: n = 49 R/B Corridor: n = 170 J/D Corridor: n = 43 Columbia Pike: n = 74 Other: n = 447 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  19. 19. Likewise, Those Who Live Close to a Metro Stop Are More Likely Than Others to Report That Public Transportation and Car-Free Living Were Influencers in Their Decision to Move to Arlington County Weighted Data QG13A: Please rate the following aspects on how important each was to your initial decision to locate in Arlington County. Only those who said “I made the decision to move to AC by myself or with others” were asked this question. Within ¼ mile n = 157 Further than ¼ mile n = 626 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  20. 20. Likewise, Public Transportation Is an Important Reason Why Residents Remain in Arlington County QG13C: Please rate the following aspects on how important each is to your decision to remain in Arlington County: Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” Weighted Data
  21. 21. Those in the R/B and J/D Corridors Are the Most Likely to Report That Public Transportation, Support Services, and Car-Free Are Motivators to Staying in Arlington County Weighted Data QG13C: Please rate the following aspects on how important each is to your decision to remain in Arlington County: Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  22. 22. Likewise, Those Who Live Near a Metro Stop Are More Likely to Report That Public Transportation, Support Services, and Car-Free Living Keep Them in Arlington Weighted Data Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” QG13C: Please rate the following aspects on how important each is to your decision to remain in Arlington County:
  23. 23. But, There Is Still Room to Grow Transportation-Related Green Behaviors
  24. 24. Green Behavior Gap Analysis <ul><li>QG15: What impact do you believe each of the following activities has on protecting the environment? </li></ul>QG16: How often do you personally do the following? Green Behavior Gap - =
  25. 25. Transportation-Related Activities Such as Driving Less and Using Transit Are Towards the Top of the List in Terms of Having an Impact on Protecting the Environment, Whereas Changing the Type of Car One Drives Is at the Bottom QG15: What impact do you believe each of the following activities has on protecting the environment? Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” Weighted Data
  26. 26. When It Comes to Actually Doing These Actions, Using Transit and Driving Less Fall Lower QG16: How often do you personally do the following? Weighted Data Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  27. 27. The Largest Gaps Between Importance and Action Come from the Transportation-related Items on the List QG15: What impact do you believe each of the following activities has on protecting the environment? QG16: How often do you personally do the following? % represents number of respondents who said “4” or “5.” Weighted Data Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  28. 28. Role of Urban Villages
  29. 29. Urban Villagers See the Benefit of Transportation Services
  30. 30. Urban Village Residents (UVR) Are More Likely Than Non UVRs to Feel as Though Arlington Is a Good Place for People to Live a Car-Free Life Urban Villages n = 545 Other n = 456 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” QG12: Next, I am going to read you a list of qualities that some people might use to rate a community. I’d like for you to rate Arlington County on each of these qualities… a place for people who want to live a car-free life. Weighted Data
  31. 31. And Urban Villagers Are More Likely Than Non-Urban Villagers to Have Come to Arlington County Because of Transportation Opportunities Proportions represent those who said “4” or “5 – very important.” QG13A: Please rate the following aspects on how important each was to your initial decision to locate in Arlington County. ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO SAID THEY WERE INVOLVED IN THE DECISION TO MOVE TO ARLINGTON (Q4A) Question was only asked of those who were involved in the decision to move to Arlington. Urban Villages n = 450 Other n = 333 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.” Weighted Data
  32. 32. In Fact, Transportation Aspects Are Much Bigger Priorities for Urban Villagers When Choosing to Move to Arlington Numbers represent rank based on Top 2 Box ratings on a 1–5 scale (where 1 means “not at all important” and 5 means “very important”) such that lower numbers indicate greater importance. Question was only asked of those who were involved in the decision to move to Arlington Urban Villages n = 450 Other n = 333 Urban Village Non-Urban Village Proximity to downtown D.C. 1 1 Be close to a job in or near Arlington County 2 2 Proximity to public transportation 3 8 Attractiveness of residential communities 4 4 Personal safety 5 3 Transportation support services 6 10 Entertainment and recreational amenities 7 9 Easy to get around the area without a car 8 17 Strong local economy 9 7 Proximity to bike trails and services 10 12 Diversity 11 13 Availability of public education 12 6 Schools or educational institutions 13 5 Governmental or public services 14 11 Arts and cultural amenities 15 15 Affordable housing 16 16 Access to healthcare 17 14 Easy to live greener 18 18 Services for the senior population 19 19
  33. 33. Urban Villagers Also Report That Transportation Aspects Keep Them in Arlington – More So Than Do Non-Urban Villagers Proportions represent those who said “4” or “5 – very important.” QG13C: Please rate the following aspects on how important each is to your decision to remain in Arlington County: Weighted Data Urban Villages n = 545 Other n = 456 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  34. 34. Likewise, Transportation Opportunities Are Much Bigger Priorities for Urban Villages When Choosing to Stay in Arlington Numbers represent rank based on Top 2 Box ratings on a 1–5 scale (where 1 means “not at all important” and 5 means “very important”) such that lower numbers indicate greater importance. Urban Villages n = 545 Other n = 456 Urban Village Non-Urban Village Proximity to downtown D.C. 1 2 Be close to a job in or near Arlington County 2 3 Proximity to public transportation 3 8 Personal safety 4 1 Attractiveness of residential communities 5 4 Entertainment and recreational amenities 6 9 Strong local economy 7 5 Easy to get around the area without a car 8 18 Transportation support services 9 16 Proximity to bike trails and services 10 13 Schools or educational institutions 11 6 Diversity 12 12 Availability of public education 13 7 Governmental or public services 14 11 Access to healthcare 15 10 Arts and cultural amenities 16 15 Easy to live greener 17 14 Affordable housing 18 19 Services for the senior population 19 17
  35. 35. Urban Villagers Also Report More Sustainable Transportation Behaviors Than Non-Urban Villagers
  36. 36. In Terms of Behavior, Urban Villagers Are More Likely to Report Using Transit and Driving Less QG16: How often do you personally do the following? Weighted Data Urban Villages n = 545 Other n = 456 Graph does not include those who said “don’t know.”
  37. 37. Indeed, Those in Urban Villages Are More Likely Than Others to Take the Metro or Bus to Work G54C. What type of transportation do you typically use to get to work? Please choose only the one type you use most days in a typical week, for the longest distance part of your trip. Question was only asked of those who are currently employed. Urban Villages n = 333 Non-Urban Village n = 231 Weighted Data
  38. 38. For Additional Information on This Study Contact: Anna MacIntosh Southeastern Institute of Research 804-358-8981

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