The Texas Transportation Poll

Statewide Survey


 Traffic congestion in Texas continues to worsen each year, but that’s not changing how the vast majority of Texans feel about their cars and trucks.  This and a variety of other insights come from the Texas Transportation Poll, which examines the travel behaviors and opinions of registered voters in Texas. The study was conducted in May and June by the Transportation Policy Research Center of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.



The poll findings say a lot about what Texans think about transportation solutions, funding, and more.



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Texans really depend on
their cars and trucks.

9 of 10

 own or lease a personal vehicle.

To make a non-recreational trip during during the last 30 days

prior to the survey,


reported walking


used public transit


1 in 10

used a bicycle


They’re feeling the squeeze of traffic gridlock and higher gas prices.



3/4 of Texans


say they’re feeling the pain of traffic congestion where they live.


A majority view congestion as a byproduct of the

state’s growing population

and expanding economy.


Because of higher fuel prices,


3 out of 5


have tried to drive less; the younger the respondent, the more likely he or she was to limit driving due to high fuel prices.

They lack a general understanding of how transportation is funded.


Fewer than 1%


of respondents know the correct amount of the motor fuels tax.




incorrectly think that the state’s motor fuels tax is a sales tax (a percentage based on the overall price of a gallon),

while it is actually a flat tax that does not change,
regardless of the price.

They support spending more on solutions,

but they don’t agree on just how to do that.

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Nearly 2/3



of respondents said they support


increased funding for transportation statewide,


and the strongest support came from those with higher levels of education and those who use transportation options other than a personal auto.


A majority also said they support increased


funding for public transportation;


this was particularly true for those with higher levels of education and higher incomes.

Of the options they were offered, respondents were most supportive of

 dedicating the motor vehicle sales tax to transportation needs;

they were least supportive of

raising the vehicle registration fee from $65 to $115.

From a list of 15 different ways to improve transportation in the state,


better traffic signal timing

clearing accidents more quickly

 were the most popular ideas ...


From that same list of 15 different ways to improve transportation in the state,

building more toll roads

 was the least popular idea.

The survey’s total sample size was
more than 5,000


The margin of error was

+/- 1.5%


TTI will repeat the survey every 2 years to
measure possible changes in the travel choices
and attitudes of registered voters in Texas.