ODU survey: Tolls, traffic divisive in Hampton Roads

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion University released the fourth part of its 2014 Life in Hampton Roads survey on Thursday, which contained it’s findings on local transportation. And the results aren’t pretty.

Document: 2014 Life in Hampton Roads survey, part 4

Traffic continues to be the biggest divider for Hampton Roads, according to ODU professors, who researched this part of the study. Here are some of the statistics that probably won’t surprise you.

  • Traffic: 2014 saw the highest percentage of people who say they avoid going to a business in another city because of traffic.
  • Tolls: More than a third of drivers say they also didn’t go to another city or business simply because they refused to pay the tolls.
  • Bicycling: ODU says Norfolk is the most bicycle-friendly city, but people still want to see more routes and access for bikes.

As far as light rail, there was a slight rise from last year in the number of people who said they don’t want to extend the Tide, but the majority polled still want to see the line expanded to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Part three of the survey was released Wednesday and had to do with perceptions on regional health and education systems. Click here to check it out.

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