Strategic plan engagement sheds light on value of transit, add your voice to survey open now
October 17, 2022
Engagement with a wide spectrum of audiences has been a key component of development of the next Regional Transit Strategic Plan. The RTA is considering voices that are too often left out of the planning process and engaging in ways the agency never has before to co-create a plan that the region can get behind for the future of transit. The latest results of a survey, still available now, show that riders value transit and want to see more investment for its future.
Since August 2021, the RTA has published guest blogs from regional and national transit thinkers, invited guest speakers to our board, met with elected officials and community groups, received thousands of responses to surveys, convened stakeholder working groups with more than 100 people from more than 60 organizations, engaged riders at community events across six counties, and continued the conversation with more than 20,000 followers on social media.
There’s still time for your voice to be heard before the draft plan is released in December. Take the RTA Priority Actions Survey by Friday, October 21 to weigh in on the level of urgency and support behind key ideas that will be in the plan.
A look at the survey results so far show that people are passionate about our region’s transit system and want it to continue to adapt to changing rider needs while also concerned about issues like safety and reliability. Respondents also recognize that increased funding will be needed to sustain and improve transit in the Chicago region.
As of mid-October, 800 people have partially completed the RTA Priority Actions Survey. Among survey respondents, 28 percent said they had used transit more than four times a week in the last month. Another group, about 50 percent, said they had used transit one to three times per week in the last three months.
The survey asked respondents to select three advocacy goals from the 2023 Agenda for Advocacy and Action that they support the most. Top answers were
The survey also asked respondents to select three actions from the agenda that they think are most urgent. Top answers were:
The survey also asked people to describe the value transit brings to them and their communities and the responses were inspiring and encouraging as the RTA looks ahead to 2023 and the need to build a coalition of passionate transit supporters committed to ensuring the system is viable for the next generation. A few responses include:
Please share your voice and take the RTA Priority Actions Survey by Friday, October 21.
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