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Citizen Survey Results Show Highs and Lows for Albemarle

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The results are in. Albemarle County's latest citizen survey shows high marks in virtually all areas - except for one.

Albemarle County heard from 376 community members about everything from county government to how they interact with their neighbors. The news is mostly positive, but people say big improvements are needed when it comes to transportation.

Most people in Albemarle County like the place they call home. In a survey of county residents conducted between March and early June, 92 percent of respondents ranked their quality of life as "good" or "excellent."

"It's very important for us to know where the community is on assessing how the county government is doing," said Lee Catlin, Albemarle County spokesperson.

County government saw similar ratings this year as it did in 2011. And surprisingly, in spite of the drama that led to former Scottsville Supervisor Chris Dumler's resignation in June, 9 out of 10 respondents still rank the county's reputation as "good" or "excellent."

"Obviously there was a lot of concern when certain situations have been happening over the last year or so, but overall people continue to be trusting of local government," said Catlin.

It all looks pretty good for Albemarle - until you get to transportation. Low marks for traffic flow, coupled with complaints about bus, bike, and rail travel, marred this year's report. In fact, when compared to the national average and similar communities across the country, public perception of transportation in Albemarle ranks very low.

"There are several projects underway right now that hopefully will ease those conditions," said Catlin.

Those projects include long-term efforts, like the 29 Western Bypass, and other more immediate fixes, like new bus routes to county growth areas. But, overall, the county says the report is encouraging.

"We do think the results speak very highly of the partnership that we are able to establish with Albemarle County citizens," said Catlin.

Transportation issues are nothing new for Albemarle County. Before the John Warner Parkway, Albemarle County Supervisor Duane Snow says no major investment had been made in transportation infrastructure in 30 years. He's optimistic about new projects, and even wants to explore the option for light rail in the region. 

To read the survey results, click here.

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