Beginning this spring, thousands of Utah residents will have the opportunity to participate in an important transportation study, which is partially sponsored by the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization (CMPO) along with other Utah partners including the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The purpose of the Utah Travel Study is to better understand the travel patterns and travel needs of residents from across Utah, including Cache County. Understanding daily travel patterns in the area is vital to the officials responsible for planning future transportation projects.
Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG) and Westat, research firms, are administering the survey on behalf of the CMPO. A random sample of the region’s households and from households across the state will be invited to participate in the survey. Households will receive first-class mail invitations and will be provided the option of completing the questionnaire via an advance web-based survey instrument or via telephone.
The survey will first collect basic household information, including the number and type of vehicles available and the number and characteristics of adults and children in the household. After completing this portion of the survey, each adult household member will be asked to report all trips made over the course of a pre-assigned weekday travel date (24 hour period). These trip details include the origin and destination location, purpose, mode(s), and whether or not they traveled with other people. Finally, household members are also asked general questions about their long distance travel, bike use, and their attitudes about transportation planning.
When the data collection period ends in mid 2012, survey results will be used to estimate the current travel habits and patterns of the resident population, identify trends in transportation use, and help develop models to project future travel behavior. For example, these survey data will allow the CMPO to understand how certain household characteristics impact the number and types of trips that household members make on a daily basis or how travel patterns of households in various regions across Utah may differ from one another.
In the end, having an accurate and up-to-date picture of regional travel patterns and transportation needs in the area will help planning officials at the CMPO, as well as UDOT and other statewide transportation planning agencies evaluate and prioritize different transportation projects, which may include highway improvements or expanded bus service.
If you have any questions regarding the purpose of the Utah Travel Study, you may contact us using the information below:– Study e-mail address: Utah@rsgsurvey.com – Phone number: 1-888-202-8995 – Study website: http://www.rsgsurvey.com/utah/home CMPO project contact: Jeff Gilbert, 435-755-1634, firstname.lastname@example.org