A recent poll shows that Americans’ willingness to spend money on transportation is falling as the U.S. spends less.
The latest survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that fewer than a third of Americans say they would spend at least $1,000 per year on transit, compared to 43 percent who would spend $1.25 to $1 $1 for every $1 they would save on transportation.
The poll also showed that, while Americans are becoming more confident about transit, a quarter of those surveyed said they are less confident.
A total of 28 percent of respondents said they felt less confident in their ability to pay for transit, up from 20 percent in 2015.
In addition, 37 percent of those polled said they had been spending more on transportation than they should, up slightly from 31 percent in 2016.
The Kaiser poll was conducted in early December, after a series of studies had been released that showed that transportation costs are not only higher than in other developed nations, but that transit spending is increasingly unaffordable in the U: The cost of transportation in the United States was estimated to be $5,064 per person in 2018, compared with $5.857 per person per year in 2015 and $7,823 per person annually in 2020.
And the costs of operating and maintaining the nation’s transportation system are projected to rise from $1 trillion in 2020 to $2.4 trillion by 2060.
“The transportation system is a great American institution, but we need to make sure we’re investing in our future to meet our future needs,” said Anna Luebke, senior director for transportation at the Kaiser Foundation.
The survey found that 47 percent of Americans said they would like to see a national transit system that would include more stations and stations that are shared across different areas.
This would include a regional network for bus rapid transit (BRT), where buses would share the same bus stop.
The study found that 45 percent of survey respondents want the federal government to invest in new or expanded bus rapid transportation, and would like a regional system that includes bus stops along the East Coast and the Pacific Coast, as well as connecting the region to other parts of the country.
The transportation system that Americans want would be one that has more stations, but also would have access to more routes, more connections and more buses, according to the survey.
In general, respondents also expressed more confidence in the ability of a state to fund and operate its own transit system.
Sixty-three percent of the respondents said that they are “very confident” that they could fund and provide service on their own, while just 36 percent were “somewhat confident.”
Only 13 percent said they were “not so confident,” while only 16 percent were unsure.
Only 23 percent of people said that the federal system has the ability to do so.
The full survey results are available at http://www.healthcare.gov/pandemic-pandemics-public-health-care-care/healthcare-administration/polls/public-affairs/transportation/public%20affairs.aspx.