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The Counties of Ocean and Monmouth contracted with McLaughlin & Associates, a national survey research firm out of Alexandria, Virginia, to survey residents’ attitudes toward the proposed MOM rail passenger project. The survey was conducted on June 19, 2003.
The survey spoke with 400 respondents in the Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean County towns which are on or contiguous to the proposed Lakehurst to Monmouth Junction alignment. Those communities are:


MONMOUTH COUNTY - Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan, Marlboro, Millstone, Tinton Falls, and Wall; OCEAN COUNTY - Berkeley, Brick, Toms River, Jackson, Lakehurst, Lakewood, and Manchester; MIDDLESEX COUNTY - Cranbury, East Brunswick Jamesburg, Monroe, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, and South Brunswick.

The survey was conducted to learn more about residents' attitudes toward the proposed MOM rail passenger project. Among other things, the survey confirmed several assumptions about resident attitudes and shed some light on the depth of support that the rail project has among area residents:
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed placed reducing traffic, managing growth or improving mass transit as the most or second most important issue facing their county today. 89% say that road and traffic congestion is a problem in their area.
Of the 68% of those surveyed who say they have heard of the MOM passenger rail project, over half have a favorable opinion of the project.
When residents were given a brief description of the route through which the Lakehurst to Monmouth Junction alignment would run, support for the project climbed to 78%. 60% of those surveyed indicated that they or someone in their house would be likely to use the service and 65% indicated that they'd be interested in having a station located in their area.
73% of those surveyed believe that area growth and development is going to happen no matter what and that more should be done to plan for and manage that growth. . 72% say that the MOM project represents SMART GROWTH planning and more than three quarters (78%) agree that the MOM passenger rail project is a good way to help reduce traffic congestion.
The survey demonstrates that residents are looking for and are ready to support smart ways to reduce traffic congestion and manage growth.

The survey results strongly indicate that more must be done to alleviate traffic and congestion. Survey respondents see the MOM project, and particularly the Lakehurst to Monmouth Junction alignment, as an effective way to address this problem.

Since Ocean and Monmouth Counties accounted for 20% of the total population growth in New Jersey from 1990 to 2000, the freeholder boards in both counties are anxious to get the needed funding to move this rail line forward in order to correct some of the congestion problems being experienced in the area.

This area is one of the most desirable areas in which to live. This increase in growth is one of the strongest of reasons to get this line and the funding we need from the state and federal government to move this project forward.

The restoration of passenger rail service to northern Ocean County and western Monmouth County has been a policy objective of both counties for several decades. Specific recommendations for rail service have been endorsed by both counties through the adoption of resolutions and of their respective Comprehensive Master Plans.

More detailed information is available on the NJ TRANSIT M-O-M website.

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Ocean County Planning Board
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Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

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