The University of Tennessee's College of Social Work Center for Applied Research and Evaluation conducted the survey on behalf of the TPO to measure current attitudes, spending priorities, and preferences for funding future projects.
Needs of the public
- 70 percent of respondents say improving traffic flow is a high priority
- 72 percent say maintaining and fixing existing roads and bridges is a high priority
- Expanding transit where it already exists was more important to those between the ages of 50 – 64.
Priorities for the future
- Maintaining and fixing roads and bridges was the highest priority
- People with household incomes under $25K were more strongly in favor of increasing transit where it exists.
- Residents of Blount and Anderson counties were more strongly in favor of expanding transit where it doesn't exist.
- People between 18 – 34 years of age were more likely to support expanding the greenway, sidewalk and bike facilities.