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Eye On Boise

New BSU survey finds Treasure Valley residents rate quality of life high, but want more mass transit options

The BSU School of Public Service’s second annual Treasure Valley Survey was released today, and it shows that while valley residents rate the quality of life here highly, a growing number want more mass transit options. Among the 1,000 people surveyed in Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee counties, 73.9 percent said the Treasure Valley needs more mass transit options, up from 66.8 percent a year earlier.

When asked what the Treasure Valley’s top transportation priority should be, 29.9 percent said commuter rail and 23 percent said bus routes. 

Overall, the survey found that 91 percent of respondents rated the quality of life in the Treasure Valley as excellent or good. You can see the full results here.

Justin Vaughn, BSU political scientist and director of the survey, said, “From the economy to neighborhood safety to how welcoming their fellow residents are, respondents give the Treasure Valley high marks. There are some areas of dissatisfaction – for example, an increasing number think the area is growing too fast and the demand for public transportation options has grown – but by and large the results of this study underscore the high quality of life the region has come to be known for.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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