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Lack of public transportation affects getting around

Article Date: 
31 August, 2012 (All day)

According to the results of a recent survey, some Morgan County residents experience difficulty getting around because of the lack of public transit.
The 2012 Wasatch Housing and Transportation Survey was conducted by the Morgan County Mobility Council with the help of Wasatch Front Regional Council planners. The survey reveals that 41 percent of 208 respondents report the lack of public transit as a difficulty in making non-work trips such as those necessary for grocery shopping, medical appointments, and accessing places of worship, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation, school, and community centers. More than 19 percent of respondents report the lack of public transit as a difficulty in getting to work or being employed.  
Weather and safety conditions were also a top reason Morgan survey respondents cited for difficulties in getting to work or making non-work trips. Lack of public transit and weather and safety conditions outranked other reasons such as finances, health issues and disability.
Although lack of public transit may contribute to transportation issues, Morgan respondents seem to like the rural atmosphere of the county, even if that translates into “plenty of distance between neighbors, even if this means that I have to drive just about everywhere.”
Survey respondents ranked having stores, restaurants and other important destinations within walking distances low on their priority list when deciding where to live. Respondents said they did not desire to live in a “lively and active place” with “a mixture of single-family houses, townhouses and small apartment buildings that are close together on various-sized lots.”
The survey was offered online to those responding to an e-mail sent through the Morgan School District, as well as hard copies provided at a senior luncheon.  Those wishing to contribute their input can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012WhatSurvey. 
The WFRC received more responses from Morgan County residents than they did in Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Weber counties. The survey was an effort to collect information about the housing and transportation needs of people living in these counties.  Wasatch Choice for 2040, WasatchRides and the Disability Law Center also collaborated on the survey.
Only 9 percent of Morgan respondents considered themselves low income, 5 percent as disabled, 10 percent as aged 60 years and older, 16 percent as affiliated with the military. 
Survey results also show a strong support for volunteering.  Some 67 percent of respondents say they perform regular volunteer work.