Travel Surveys Arriving SoonFeatured Stories, News Monday, September 24th, 2012
Coming soon to mailboxes all over the Bryan-College Station area, travel surveys will be winging their way from Tx-DOT in order to determine which roads local people use the most.
Tx-DOT’s Bob Colwell says surveys will be sent at random to thousands of residents, including residents at Texas A & M University, in October.
He says community awareness is not very high because it has been thirty years since such a study was conducted, and he wants to make sure people know that the survey is legitimate.
Colwell says households that receive letters will be called for follow-up several days later, and willing residents will then receive survey packets that will give them the date to record their travels.
He says filling out the surveys will be well worth your time, because they will help Tx-DOT and the MPO to determine how to prioritize road maintenance and new road construction projects in order to increase road mobility, decrease congestion, and best serve the BCS area.
BobColwell092112.mp3Bob Colwell visits with WTAW’s Kat McMullen
More information, courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation:
Brazos County Area Households Needed for Travel Survey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beginning this Fall, Bryan-College Station and area residents including Texas A&M University will be asked to participate in an upcoming household travel survey being sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to update local traffic analysis and travel demand models.
The travel survey will help TxDOT and the MPO to prioritize local transportation projects as well as plan new roads needed to increase mobility and reduce congestion in the area.
Pre-notification letters for the survey will be mailed out to randomly selected households in the MPO study area. The letter will provide background information and inform the residents that the survey is voluntary. A few days later the household will receive a call requesting their participation. For households that agree to participate, a survey packet will be mailed out and a “travel day” will be assigned in order to record their travels for the particular day. The participating household will also receive a date when the vendor will call and retrieve their travel data. In order to collect sufficient unable data thousands of households will be contacted.
The results of the travel survey will be shared with the MPO to update their computer model that will help plan for future traffic demands. It is extremely important that those selected participate in this critical survey to determine how to best manage the traffic in the Bryan-College Station study area.
For more information, call Charlie Hall, TxDOT Travel Survey Program Manager at (512) 486-5120.
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