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Travel surveys are an important ingredient in a well-calibrated regional travel demand model (TDM). Travel surveys bring to light the trip-making characteristics of a population such as:

  • Trip purpose
  • Means of transportation
  • Travel time
  • Time of day/day of week
  • Vehicle occupancy
  • Trip lengths
  • Trip origins and destinations

To the knowledge of current APO staff members, a comprehensive travel survey of area residents has never been completed.

In addition to understanding the median travel behavior of area residents, the APO also seeks insights into key sub-groups. For example, as documented in the APO’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan*, it is estimated that about 15% of the region’s population is considered “low-income”. What is their transportation story? What role, if any, does public transit play in meeting their transportation needs? What role, if any, do active transportation modes play in meeting their transportation needs? Do they travel less frequently than moderate- and/or high-income residents? More frequently? Do they trip-chain more often? Are they less likely to own a personal vehicle? If they do own a vehicle, do they tend to have more people in their vehicle when they do travel? To what extent do ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft help to meet their travel needs? Do they tend to travel at the same times as moderate- and high-income residents, or at different times? Do their average trip times differ from others? Do they tend to make shorter or longer trips (in terms of miles) than others?

To the extent possible (given time and budget constraints) APO staff would like a better understanding of the travel behaviors of key demographic groups, including:

  • People with low-income vs. people with moderate- and/or high-income
  • People with disabilities vs. people without disabilities
  • People of color vs. people who are not
  • People who are recent immigrants and/or new Americans vs. people who are not
  • People who do not own a personal vehicle vs. people who do
  • People aged 65 years and older vs. people who are not
  • People aged 18 years and younger vs. people who are not
  • Residents of each city vs. residents of the other cities surveyed
  • Other important or informative differences between population sub-groups as may be uncovered through the survey

Of course, we would like to have as much confidence in the survey results from these sub-groups as we have in the overall survey results, but we understand that may not be possible.

*https://stcloudapo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/FINAL-APO-SEP-10082020.pdf

What is Happening Now?

The APO selected Resource Systems Group (RSG) as the lead consultant to conduct this survey. RSG and APO staff are working cooperatively to deploy the survey and collect the results. Our hope is to collect surveys from 1,000 households in the region.

Then What Happens?

We estimate that the survey will be deployed throughout the month of October 2021.

How Can I Get Involved?

Public involvement will be critical to the success of this effort. We will be surveying a random sample of area residents and asking them to give us detailed information about their trip-making behavior for a limited period of time. If you are contacted to participate in the APO’s Household Travel Survey, we encourage you to do so. Participants will be selected randomly so as to get data from a representative cross-section of the community.