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 2004 Round Rock City Survey Questions and Results
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Transportation Issues

Every two years, the City of Round Rock conducts a survey of its citizens to see how well the city government is meeting their needs and to determine the issues of concern to them. Below are the specific questions from the survey and the results. Analysis by Jeff Montgomery of Montgomery & Associates.

Transportation analysis
Other transportation issues

Key survey findings

Transportation issues

Q. How would you rate the traffic situation on state roads and highways in Round Rock, like I-35, FM 1325, and FM 620?

Excellent: 1.8 percent
Good: 12 percent
Average: 30.5 percent
Below Average: 24.8 percent
Poor: 30 percent
Pro-con/Depends: 1 percent

Q. How would you rate the traffic situation in and around your neighborhood?

Excellent: 12.8 percent
Good: 36.5 percent
Average: 30.8 percent
Below Average: 11.8 percent
Poor: 8.3 percent

Q. What kind of job do you think the City of Round Rock is doing in managing traffic?

Excellent: 6.8 percent
Good: 39.8 percent
Fair: 40.3 percent
Poor: 12.3 percent
Pro-con/Depends: 0.3 percent
Don't know/No opinion: 0.8 percent

Q. Compared to two years ago, would you say that traffic in Round Rock has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?

Better: 8.3 percent
Worse: 68.3 percent
Same: 17.3 percent
Pro-con/Depends: 0.3 percent
Don't know/no opinion: 6 percent

Q. Would you say there is more construction than usual on the roads you drive frequently around town?

Yes: 68.5 percent
No: 29 percent
Don't know: 2.5 percent

Managing Traffic Graph

Traffic Situation in Neighborhoods Graph

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Transportation analysis
This year, for the first time, we asked respondents to tell us whether “you would say there is more construction than usual on the roads you drive frequently around town?” 68.5 percent said yes, and 29 percent said no. 2.5 percent did not know. Clearly, about two –thirds have noticed an upsurge in road work. 

As we did in 2002, we also asked, “How would you rate the traffic situation on state roads and highways in Round Rock, like I-35, FM 1325, and RM 620: excellent, good, average, below average, or poor?”

1.8% said excellent and 12 percent said good, for an abysmal positive rating of 13.8 percent. 30.5 percent said traffic on state roads was average. 24.8 percent said traffic on those roads was below average, and 30 percent said it was poor, for a total negative rating of 54.8 percent. 1 percent said it would depend. No one had no opinion on this issue.

These numbers are quite close to 2002’s positive rating of 12 percent and negative rating of 59.4 percent, and as we noted then, show deep discontent with traffic on state roads. Also, again as we noted in 2002, we did not ask this question in 2000, but in 1998 only 7 percent gave state road traffic a positive rating, and 69 percent gave a negative rating. So the numbers have improved at least somewhat since then.

We asked respondents to rate the traffic situation in and around their own neighborhoods, and the response was much more positive. 12.8 percent said excellent; 36.5 percent said good; 30.8 percent said average; 11.8 percent said below average; and 8.3 percent said poor. Combining the numbers for excellent and good gives us a positive rating of 49.3 percent, up over six points from the 2002 positive rating of 42.9 percent. Combining only fair and poor gives us a negative rating of 20.1 percent, within the margin of error of 2002’s negative rating of 24.7 percent. (In 1998—we did not ask this question in 2000--47 percent gave a positive rating to their neighborhood traffic and 21 percent gave a negative rating, very close to this year’s numbers.

The fact that those numbers are so much better than the numbers for state roads and highways shows that people are able to make a distinction between state traffic problems and local ones (though having the ability does not mean they will always make the distinction.) On the other hand, of course, one in five Round Rock citizens we survey rate traffic in their neighborhood negatively, so there is definitely room for improvement, and the numbers have not budged much since 1998.

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Other transportation issues
As our final traffic question, we asked respondents, “Compared to two years ago, would you say that traffic in Round Rock has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?” 8.3 percent said it was getting better; 68.3 percent said it was getting worse. 17.3 percent said it was staying about the same. 0.3 percent said it would depend, and 6% had no opinion.

That’s the same as last year, when 9.2 percent said traffic was getting better and 70.1 percent said it was getting worse. So those numbers, while certainly influenced by the problems on state roads that the City has no control over, remain very bad indeed.

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