FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT THE REGIONAL TRAVEL SURVEY

What is the Regional Travel Survey all about?

The purpose of the survey is to better understand daily travel and activities in the region: how we travel, where we go, how long it takes us, and what we do when we arrive. We want to obtain a complete picture of travel patterns in the region.

How was I selected to participate?

Invited households (like yours) were randomly selected from all residential addresses in the region.

Why should I participate?

The information gathered from this survey will be used to understand transportation needs and plan for future transportation improvements. By participating, you ensure that your local needs are accurately represented. Your responses will have a large impact because your household is one of a small number selected to participate.

TAKING THE SURVEY

What do I get for participating?

As a thank you for your participation, your household will receive your choice of a $20 gift card (Amazon or Walmart) or a $20 gift donation to the American Red Cross once each member of your household has completed Part 2 of the survey.

What if I don't drive or travel very often?

Whether your household travels a lot, just a little, or not at all, your responses to this survey will help us better understand transportation needs. Information about the amount of your household's daily travel will help ensure future transportation improvements are efficiently sized to meet these needs.

What if my travel on my assigned date isn't "typical" - should I still participate?

Yes, please report what actually happens on your assigned travel day. Even if your travel on your assigned date may not be "typical," it is important for transportation planners to understand day-to-day variations in regional travel patterns. In Part 1 of the survey, we ask you about your household's "typical" travel.

Why is my household assigned a specific travel date?

We are asking for information about the travel made by each person in your household on one day. We call this your "travel day" or "travel date". This helps us develop a full picture of all the travel that happens across the region on each weekday (even if it is not a "typical" travel day).

What do I use the "Travel Log" for?

It may be helpful for each member of your household (age 16 or older) to use a copy of the Travel Log to record each place traveled to on your assigned travel day. Additional copies of the Travel Log are available here or may be obtained by calling 1 (855) 539-7634.

What is a trip?

A trip is anytime you travel from one place and stop at a new place. Even if you stop briefly for gas, at an ATM, to drop a child off at school, or to pick up something to eat or drink, travel to that place counts as one trip, and travel from that place to the next place counts as a separate trip. All trips you make between places whether by driving, walking, biking, transit, or using any other mode of travel are important to us.

Should my children participate?

Yes, trips to and from school, sports practice, play dates, and other activities help us understand the full nature of how the transportation system is used, and how it can be improved. Please note that adults will need to record (or remember) the trips their children take that day.

Who should be counted as a member of my household?

Your household includes yourself, all other adults, all children, and all roommates who normally reside with you in your home. Please do not include people who are currently living away from home (e.g., living at college, active duty, and stationed elsewhere).

SURVEY RESULTS

How is my personal privacy protected?

All of your data is strictly confidential. Your information will be grouped with travel data from other households and will not be analyzed individually. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

How is this survey different than others I may have been invited to complete?

This is a once-in-a-decade regional transportation survey that will help shape important decisions for transportation improvements in our region. Other studies you may have been invited to participate in either collect data nationally (not just our region) or focus on a narrow topic (e.g., bus improvements).

How will the survey results be used?

The results of this survey will be used to plan and evaluate future transportation improvements in our region.