How We Move: New Polling Data on Transportation | Webinar

October 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Please join TFN’s  Mobility and Access Collaborative   for a funders-only webinar on recent public opinion research by three foundations. We’ll explore attitudes toward transit ridership, the gas tax and how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected mobility. Three presentations will be followed by discussion on what the numbers mean and how we can use them.

How We Move: New Polling Data on Transportation
Oct. 15
Noon ET
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Please register for this funder-only webinar by October 14 to receive log-in details.


David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter
Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Aminah Zaghab, Program Director, Transportation, Energy Foundation


Transit: In July and August, TransitCenter commissioned a national survey of transit riders and conducted focus groups, to glean public attitudes toward mobility during the pandemic, as well as public expectations about a future recovery. The data will be released in October, paired with advice to city governments and transit agencies about how to rebuild confidence in their transit systems. Presented by David Bragdon of TransitCenter.

Changing Mobility Patterns: When state and local officials began issuing COVID-19 stay home orders in the spring, many residents started experiencing streets around their homes in new ways and many people’s commute patterns were upended. Bike shops sold out of inventory, cities created slow streets programs, transit ridership plummeted and an estimated 40% of the American workforce began working from home full time. With technical assistance of ALG Research, Bloomberg Philanthropy’s American Cities Climate Challenge polled 4,000 residents in 10 cities this summer on their biking, walking, transit and telecommuting behavior now and as their situations during the coronavirus pandemic evolve. This poll was conducted in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Washington DC, Denver, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, and St. Petersburg. Presented by Amanda Eaken of NRDC.

The Gas Tax: Energy Foundation worked with Matt George & Associates on private polling to test the understanding around the gas tax and political levers to eliminate, raise or replace it. The polling explored how to communicate that the gas tax is a unsustainable way to support infrastructure and public transit, we need a new, just and equitable way to finance our transportation system. The first stage audience is the funding community followed by advocacy groups- to potentially provide information on how to frame a future federal solutions campaign on public transit and infrastructure funding. Presented by Aminah Zaghab of the Energy Foundation.

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Mobility and Access Collaborative, an initiative of The Funders Network, is an action-oriented effort that recognizes the urgency for ambitious — and quickly implemented — solutions to limit the devastating impacts of climate change. Join the Collaborative listserv by emailing