Thank you for taking time for our survey. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments works with cities and counties in the six-county Sacramento region. The Sacramento region includes the counties of Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and Sacramento, and the 22 cities within. The answers you give will be used by the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) when they adopt a plan to spend state and federal transportation dollars. We are going to ask you questions about your community, how you get around, and what you value when it comes to your community, specifically on transportation, community growth, equity, and housing.

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* 1. What kind of home do you live in? (Select all that apply)

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* 2. How would you describe the community you live in?

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* 3. What two things do you like best about the community you live in?

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* 4. What are the two biggest challenges your community is facing?

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* 5. Please use the sliding scale to select the type of community you would prefer to live in.

Houses with small yards and it is easy to walk, bike, or take transit to the places you need to go Houses with large yards and you have to drive to the places you need to go
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* 6. Thinking about the trip within the six-county Sacramento region you make most often, which of the following do you do?

The Sacramento Region is the home to a diverse population in which residents face significant inequities, resulting in disparities and divides that exist by race and ethnicity, by income, and by urban and rural areas. SACOG acknowledges its role in perpetuating these disparities and has committed to taking action to create a just and inclusive region where investments are being made in historically marginalized communities so race can no longer be used to predict health or economic outcomes, and outcomes for lower income residents are improved. We are asking for your feedback on how to increase equity in the region.

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* 7. The region’s long-range plan should help reduce racial disparities in both transportation and housing by…

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Addressing housing affordability, by increasing the diversity of housing options available in areas with good access to quality jobs, schools, outdoor space, and with lower exposure to harmful pollutants.
Addressing disparities of automobile related crashes through targeted investments to improve safety in under resourced communities that have likely been overlooked for meaningful investment in the past. 
Ensuring that communities who were historically excluded from land use and transportation planning processes have a voice and influence on planning efforts and decisions that affect them.

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* 8. The 2025 Blueprint should help reduce overall mobility disparities experienced by low-income communities by…

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Increasing transit access to essential destinations like hospitals and schools for disadvantaged communities.
Expanding transit service to more essential destinations, including those across city and county lines.
Increasing access for people to walk, bike, roll, and use other mobility options to essential destinations.
The Sacramento region’s economy has strengths and weaknesses. Some of the strengths include the amount of universities and the food and agriculture industry. Some of the weaknesses include a lack of start-up businesses and not enough people with digital workforce skills. Experts have told us that even though we have been growing since the Great Recession (2008), we haven’t been growing in ways that benefit all people. In fact, lower income people are having a harder time recovering from the recession. Our region is also currently experiencing inflation, and uncertainty around future economic conditions. We are going ask you questions about the economy to help us understand what’s important to you.

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* 9. How do you feel about the economic future of the Sacramento region?

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* 10. Rank the three most important things the region can do to improve the economy?

In the next 25 years the Sacramento Region is expected to have a higher annual population growth rate than the rest of the state and nation. The region is also expected to outpace the state and nation in job growth by 2050, holding 6.2% of jobs in California. And due to the efforts to respond to pent up demand, regional housing rates are expected to exceed the projected population and job growth by 2050. Because of this we are going to ask you questions about what’s important to you as the region grows. These questions are focused on transportation and housing.

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* 11. As the region grows, which of the following is the most important to you?

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* 12. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements. We need to invest more in transportation because… 

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We need to reduce traffic congestion.
We need to fix potholes and repair our roads.
We need to make our streets and roads safer for all travelers.
We need to provide more efficient transportation choices such as faster transit that can bypass traffic, more frequent transit service, and flexible options such as shared electric bikes, scooters, carshare, and carpools / vanpools.
We need transportation infrastructure (such as bike lanes) and transit options that will attract new companies and jobs.
We need to connect lower-wage workers, people with physical limitations, and young people who may not have access to a car to get to their jobs.
We need rural roads that meet the needs of all travelers and supports both businesses and residents.

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* 13. Which of the following do you think is the BEST reason to support expanding and increasing our transportation options? Think about trains, light rail, buses, walking, biking, and other accessible modes of transportation options. Pick your top three.

Over the past 50 years, there has been more need for maintaining and expanding transportation options than the tools we had available. While California increased the gas tax, more people have switched to electric vehicles and won't be paying gas taxes so, we will need to change how people pay. This doesn't necessarily mean people will pay more.

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* 14. How strongly do you agree that the following are good ways to pay to maintain existing roads, highways, and bridges?

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User fees—travelers pay based on how much they use the system, like paying by miles traveled
Fuel taxes—travelers pay based on how much fuel they buy, like a per gallon charge on gas
Sales taxes—travelers pay based on how much taxable merchandise they buy
Tolls—travelers are charged for using specific roads or bridges to cover the cost of maintaining those roads or bridges, like FastTrak in the Bay Area

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* 15. How strongly do you agree that the following are good ways to pay to build new roads, highways, and bridges?

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User fees—travelers pay based on how much they use the system, like paying by miles traveled
Fuel taxes—travelers pay based on how much fuel they buy, like a per gallon charge on gas
Sales taxes—travelers pay based on how much taxable merchandise they buy
Tolls—travelers are charged for using specific roads or bridges to cover the cost of maintaining those roads or bridges, like FastTrak in the Bay Area

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* 16. Right now, people pay for transportation primarily through how much gas their car uses. As an alternative in the future, we want to know how you feel about charging drivers a fee based on the miles they drive in a personal vehicle. This does not include taking public transportation, biking, or walking. 

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Charging drivers a fee based on how many miles they drive is a fair way to raise money for transportation
Owners of fuel efficient, hybrid, or electric cars should not have to pay fees based on how many miles they drive because paying less to drive is one of the incentives for buying these types of vehicles
Owners of fuel efficient, hybrid, or electric cars should have to pay fees based on how many miles they drive because they aren’t paying with gas taxes
I am concerned about how my miles would be tracked and how my privacy would be affected
I am concerned about charging travelers fees based on miles they drive because it could be hard on lower income people
Take a minute to think about 20 years from now. How old will you be? Will you live in the same place? Think about what your community might look like.

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* 17. What do you think will be the two biggest transportation changes in the future?

About You

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* 18. Gender

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* 19. What year were you born?

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* 20. How many years have you lived in the greater Sacramento Region?

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* 21. What is your race?

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* 22. What is your zip code?

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* 23. What is your annual household income?

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* 24. Sign up to stay informed

Thank you again for taking this survey! The answers you give will be used by the  Sacramento Area Council of Governments when developing the 2025 Blueprint which aims to come together around a collective vision to advance economic prosperity, support environmental health and resiliency, and promote equity through reducing transportation and housing disparities by race, ethnicity, income, and ability.

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