According to a bi-partisan poll conducted by the Democratic polling firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and the Republican
polling firm of Public Opinion Strategies (POS), American from cities, suburbs and rural areas all favor increased public transportation options. From their findings:
More than four-in-five voters (82 percent) say that “the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system, such as rail and buses” and a solid majority (56 percent) “strongly agree” with that statement. This is a widely held view with overwhelming majorities of voters in every region of the country and in every type of community…
When asked about reducing traffic congestion, three-in-five voters choose improving public transportation and making it easier to walk and bike over building more roads and expanding existing roads (59% to 38%).
On a personal level, two-thirds (66%) say that they “would like more transportation options so they have the freedom to choose how to get where they need to go.” Along these same lines, 73% currently feel they “have no choice but to drive as much as” they do, and 57% would like to spend less time in the car.