A whopping 85 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth residents favor the creation of a region-wide passenger rail system, according to the results of a public opinion poll released a few minutes ago by the powerful Austin lobbying firm HillCo Partners. Read the results for yourself.
The firm has been hired by Fort Worth, Arlington and the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition to lead the lobbying effort for the Texas Local Option Transportation Act. If the state Legislature passes the bill, voters in Dallas-Fort Worth counties would be asked to approve a menu of taxes and fees to pay for commuter rail and road projects.
What types of taxes and fees are people willing to pay for public transportation? According to the poll, driver's license fees and vehicle registration fees are the most popular options.