Front Range Travel Counts Survey

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Approximately 2,500 households in the Pikes Peak area have a truly rare opportunity to help our community. For those who have ever wondered how they might influence the traffic they put up with every day, this is a chance to play a part in solving the problem!

Beginning in January 2010, the four Metropolitan Planning Organizations along the Front Range (Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo) will be asking approximately 12,000 households to identify where and how they traveled on a specific, designated travel day (24 hours). In order to ensure a representative sample for the study, each household will also be asked a series of detailed questions about the household’s access to transportation and its socioeconomic characteristics. When completed, these data will be used to estimate how much travel is generated by all households along the Front Range.

Front Range Travel Counts will randomly call and invite households to participate in the household travel survey. Once enrolled, participants receive a travel diary and detailed instructions in the mail. Then they document a 24-hour period of travel in the diary. The survey doesn’t ask for opinions; it asks what people did. This enables transportation planners to tie individual and household characteristics to the trips actually made, seeing how, for instance, the number of automobiles a household owns or having small children in a household affects daily activities. A follow-up phone call will be made by NuStats (the consultant selected to perform the survey) to gather the travel diary information and to check the data with the participant to make sure the survey staff understand it and are recording it accurately. Participants then mail the diary back to Front Range Travel Counts. A select group of 200 households will be provided wearable GPS receivers for each member of the household to test this new technology.

All information collected will be held strictly confidential and will be used only for this research project. Names and addresses will never be attached to the information.

Due to expense, surveys of this type are taken very infrequently. There are more than 1.3 million households along the Front Range. If you agree to participate, your household will represent approximately 100 other households. When you participate, you make sure that your travel behavior and needs and the behavior and needs of other households like yours are included in planning and prioritization efforts. This helps the MPOs build a fuller, more accurate picture of local and regional transportation needs.

This survey is legitimate and important to the Front Range region to help identify where highway, street, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements will be made in the Front Range. It is being conducted in the spring of 2010 to coincide with the 2010 Census. This is needed because the 2010 Census no longer includes the “Long Form” that previously provided data of this type.

Front Range Travel Counts is a joint effort of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, the Pueblo Area Council of Governments, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver’s Regional Transportation District and the Federal Highway Administration. The consolidated data (not individual records) will be used to update computer traffic models that simulate traffic and transportation patterns, and to provide descriptive statistics of travel behavior in our area. Accurate travel models are important in planning for future transportation needs and in establishing eligibility for federal funding.

For more information please visit or call the survey hotline at 1-888-222-7734. Additional survey contacts include Craig Casper of the
Pikes Peak Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 719 471-7080 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); Erik Sabina of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, 303-480-6789 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); and Julie Paasche of NuStats, 1-800-447-8287, ext. 2241 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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