FOR RELEASE: March 10, 2016
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CTDOT and UConn Launch Household Travel Survey

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), in partnership with the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut (CTI at UCONN), is sponsoring the Connecticut Statewide Transportation Study this spring to capture trips traveled on Connecticut highways, roads, trails and sidewalks.

      The study will collect information about daily household travel activities from residents across the state to understand how we travel, where we go, why we travel, and how long it takes. This information is vital for CTDOT and regional planning agencies to understand how the transportation system is impacted by growth, development and other changes in communities across the region. The data collected in this study will be used to update the database of household travel behavior and to forecast travel needs into the future. Reliable and viable travel options contribute to the state’s quality of life and economic vitality, and this study will help agencies prioritize transportation investments to support the needs of communities in the future.

      Connecticut is home to approximately 3 million residents and has a diverse economy, including many major employers in government, education, and private industry. In addition to being home to classic Ivy League schools, modern expressways, corporate offices, and small farms. Feedback about the diverse transportation needs in Connecticut’s many communities is critical to helping the state plan for transportation system improvements to meet current and future needs.

      “The Household Travel Study will collect and analyze demographic and travel behavior information from Connecticut residents in order to better understand changing travel and mobility patterns,” said CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Understanding those patterns and emerging trends will allow us to design transportation systems to better serve citizens’ needs. I encourage everyone to make their voice heard whether they drive alone, ride the bus or train, take a taxi or UBER car, walk to work/shopping or ride a bicycle for errands. Your input is essential and crucial for planning Connecticut’s future.”

      “The Connecticut Statewide Transportation Study will provide us with the data we need to plan for and develop a transportation system to meet the demands of our dynamic and changing economy. We support DOT’s important work in this area and urge everybody to take part,” said Francis Pickering, Executive Director, Western Connecticut Council of Governments.

      Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG) and ETC Institute, independent research firms, along with CTI at UCONN began administering the survey on behalf of CTDOT on March 7. Households are randomly selected to receive an invitation to participate in the survey at Privacy for all participants will be protected. Names and address will not be linked to the survey and all answers will be kept strictly anonymous. Additionally, the survey will be available in Spanish over the telephone.