As we see with various posts on this blog and other media in the Metro area, public transportation is a hot topic here in Seattle–one that is simultaneous as complex as it is controversial, as important as it can be tedious, and as beneficial as it can be frustrating. Seattle is one of the few large cities in America taking aggressive measures to create an extensive transit system for future generations. There are, of course, roadblocks and headaches along the way–but hopefully it will be worthwhile in the end. Indeed, public transportation is becoming more and more popular nationwide.
Let me introduce myself. I am a graduate student at the Evergreen State College’s Master of Environmental Studies program. I am working on a thesis, I am conducting a survey of people’s usage and opinion of public transportation, as well as environmental concerns that correlate with public transportation useage. As a transplant from New York City, I am interested to see the relationship of Seattleites–and in particular, the community of Capitol Hill–with the current public transportation system. And as Sound Transit is expanding its light rail Link expansion on Broadway (another hotly debated topic), there are a couple of questions about public knowledge of the project.
I could have chosen any neighborhood in Seattle, but because of its uniqueness, density and diversity, I picked Capitol Hill. If you live, work, or study in Capitol Hill, please take just five minutes to fill out this online survey. I know that many of you have already been surveyed a lot already about these issues, but this will be a unique study that is not tied to any city or transit agencies nor takes a political stand. I do not have an agenda–it is purely scientific and objective.
Thank you so much and if anyone wants to see the final thesis or want to talk about my project, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link to the survey. (I created it using a survey website called Traitwise): http://hosting.traitwise.com/TAqy7vGnHBMGjdgU
P.S.: In addition to conducting surveys, I am also looking for people to interview for a more in-depth discussion of your perceptions, behaviors and attitudes towards public transportation and the environment. Whether you love it, hate it, or are indifferent to it, I would love to talk to you for a 30-40 minute interview. It will be recorded, but you will remain anonymous. I will even treat you to a beer, coffee or beverage of your choice.
Thank you, Capitol Hill!