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Volunteers Sought for Travels Surveys
Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: March 22, 2017

TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) periodically sponsors household, workplace and commercial vehicle travel surveys that help local officials determine needed transportation projects and improvements. Surveys are currently being conducted in the Tyler and Longview areas by two transportation research firms, ETC Institute and Gram Traffic Counting.

As part of these surveys, randomly-selected households and workplaces are mailed notification letters, inviting them to participate in these voluntary surveys. Employees and visitors at participating workplaces are also given the opportunity to contribute trip-related information. If asked, please consider taking part in this important study. The results will help TxDOT and the Tyler and Longview Metropolitan Planning Organizations prioritize local transportation projects, improve mobility and reduce congestion.

Tyler is quickly becoming a leader in the field of travel research as it relates to helping communities with transportation planning. In 2014, TxDOT conducted the first study of its kind study using Bluetooth, GPS, and cellular data to develop estimates of travel into, out of, and through the study area in Tyler and Smith County. These studies take advantage of emerging technology and have replaced similar studies that were conducted by stopping vehicles at roadside survey stations and asking them where they were coming from and where they were going. TxDOT is currently conducting a similar study in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area and plans to conduct a similar study in the Longview area within the next few years.

If you have opinions to share but are not contacted to participate in one of these surveys, please contact us to provide input.

For more information about these surveys, please contact the TxDOT Travel Survey Program Manager at (512) 486-5120.

 

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