Survey finds traffic congestion biggest transportation problem

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 7:01 PM

NORFOLK---The biggest transportation problem is traffic congestion, according to a new survey by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.

On Thursday, the group released the results from their "Navigating the Future to 2040" study.

When asked what the top transportation problem is in the region, the majority of survey participants said traffic congestion. Poor paving conditions and a lack of public transportation followed at a distant second and third.

"The roads weren't made to support the region growing the way that it is," said Norfolk resident Allen Beamon.

While it may come as no surprise that traffic congestion took the top spot, the participants' idea for a solution may.

Rather than improving infrastructure with projects like the new Midtown Tunnel or a third crossing, those surveyed believe expanding the transit system, specifically light rail, is the best solution.

Legislators will be asked to apply the results before making decisions in the General Assembly.

"There has to be the political will," said Norfolk resident Bill Reid. "They are the decision makers and it's vital."

Click here to see the full study.
 

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