Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Travel activity survey underway

To help guide transportation planning and design within the Calgary region, The City of Calgary Transportation Department is conducting a comprehensive Calgary and Region Travel and Activity Survey from January through May 2012.

The survey is voluntary and random, and is conducted every 10 years in Calgary and surrounding regions. It is intended to gather information from at least 9,000 households in an effort to update The City’s Regional Transportation Model (RTM). The RTM is a computer simulation used to help guide future transportation planning and design, incorporating today’s travel behaviours to help predict future travel needs and demands.

“Participation in the survey is very important regardless of how you travel, when or how often, “ says Kristina Hill, Project Coordinator at The City’s Transportation Department. “We are interested in the “who, what, when, where, why and how” of travel for each person in a surveyed household.”

The company conducting the survey, PTV NuStats from Austin, Texas, was chosen after a competitive bidding process. It will ensure confidentiality of participants and that survey responses and all personal information given by respondents is protected by encryption and passwords adhering to privacy standards.

Citizens can expect to see the survey advisory in the mail starting this week, followed by a phone call to participate in the full survey in the coming weeks.

For more information about the survey, visit or call 3-1-1.

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