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Travel study to survey motorists


LTN Staff Report


An external travel study designed to help better determine the Charlotte area’s transportation needs will be taking place over the next few weeks.

In Lincoln County, in-person surveys will occur on lower-volume roads, while video identification and mailed surveys will be used on higher-volume U.S. and interstate routes.

Anyone traveling into and through the greater Charlotte area may also be asked to participate in the short surveys. ETC Institute, the firm conducting the study, will randomly stop motorists traveling on non-freeway facilities to participate in the one- to two-minute survey. Those participating in the survey will be asked questions about the origin, destination and general purpose of their travel.

Only a small percentage of travelers will be selected to participate, resulting in minimal travel delay. All information collected is confidential, and individual responses will not be released.

The project is a collaborative effort between local governments in the metropolitan Charlotte area, as well as the departments of transportation in both North and South Carolina, and has the goal of gaining a better understanding of where travelers entering the region are headed.

The results will be used in conjunction with other data collected to plan transportation improvements in the region, which could include improvements to existing roadways or transit routes and proposing new roadways or routes. Any transportation improvement will ultimately be vetted through the federally required long-range transportation planning process.

Developed by various regional planning organizations and costing $390,000, the study received approval to be implemented from the Charlotte City Council in January.

The funding is being provided by various organizations.


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