(Arlington, Texas) – Reliable data about where people travel and how they get from place to place is essential for identifying transportation needs. Advanced technologies can count vehicles and project changes in population and congestion, but there is no substitute for information provided by real people when it comes to understanding driving, transit, bicycling and walking behavior.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is participating in the National Household Travel Survey and encourages residents in Dallas-Fort Worth to help with this effort aimed at better understanding how people travel in North Texas. The results will help officials and planners determine where and how to make transportation investments, such as bridges and roads as well as facilities for bicycling, walking and transit.
The survey began in North Texas in April, when questionnaires were mailed to thousands of randomly selected households, and will last until spring 2017. Although the selected households are not required to respond to the survey, a higher participation rate will yield more accurate data for future planning efforts.
The first part of the survey asks the selected households to answer 16 basic questions and takes just a few minutes. Respondents will then receive access to a secure website where they can log their travel for a typical day. This online recording process takes 13 minutes, on average.
Every trip, no matter the destination or length, is important to document. Data about how people commute to work, when they stop at the grocery store and how children get to school is invaluable for transportation planners and policymakers who prioritize transportation projects and allocate funds.
The Federal Highway Administration has conducted the National Household Travel Survey every five to seven years since 1969 to learn more about the travel behavior of Americans. The yearlong data collection effort asks questions about how people travel, how often they drive, how they plan daily trips to run errands and whether they carpool or use alternative modes of transportation. Survey results help planners understand changing transportation needs nationwide and in communities. To learn more about the NHTS, visit nationalhouseholdtravelsurvey.com.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.
About the Regional Transportation Council:
The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional transportation planning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974. The MPO works in cooperation with the region’s transportation providers to address the complex transportation needs of the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. The RTC’s 44 members include local elected or appointed officials from the metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area’s transportation providers.
Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284, firstname.lastname@example.org