In the alphabet soup that is regional transportation planning, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization(MPO) has been working with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and a consultant to conduct a transit survey. The survey has now been launched but it is titled as a regional transportation survey. The Free Enterprise Forum encourages you to answer the survey by clicking here.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a logo that captures a product’s meaning and essence is priceless. A study of the logo to the right reveals a great deal from what’s not in the picture. The logo (which may have been appropriate for a transit survey) suggests Transportation Tomorrow will be only walking, bicycling, by bus, or by train. This is the kind of subtle agenda bias The Free Enterprise Forum continually finds throughout the TJPDC’s work in the region.
Tell me where your brain would be as you click on a button marked Transportation Tomorrow and it did not include a car?
While the online survey data will be interesting, I will also be interested in the results of the transit rider survey (conducted in coordination with CTS/JAUNT) and the other mechanisms the MPO is utilizing to collect this data. All the data collected must be examined carefully as the sample selection is not random and will likely over represent the “transit” oriented cohort in the community.
The results of the survey will be presented on May 21st at 7:00 pm in the Albemarle County Office Building. Note – there is a bus stop near the building.