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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Metropolitan Council Launches Travel Behavior Household Study

The Travel Behavior Inventory (TBI) is a study of household demographics, daily travel activities, and typical transportation patterns throughout the greater Twin Cities region. This information is vital for regional and local planning agencies to understand the impact of growth, development, and other changes in the area's communities on the transportation system. Reliable transportation and viable travel options contribute to the region's quality of life and economic vitality, and this study will help state, county and local governments build a better, more efficient transportation system to best fit the region's needs.

This study is sponsored by the Metropolitan Council in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Partners of the study are the following Minnesota Counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Le Sueur, McLeod, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington and Wright; as well as the following Wisconsin Counties: Pierce, Polk and St. Croix.

From October 2018 through October 2019, the Metropolitan Council is mailing invitations to randomly selected households to take part in the survey. People throughout the region will be invited, including 16 Minnesota counties and three Wisconsin counties.

Taking part in this survey is an important way to contribute to a 21st century transportation system that benefits all the ways we travel. The survey data collected will help agencies select the improvements that best fit residents’ needs.

Smartphone app makes participating easy

Most households will participate in the study for seven days through the smartphone application rMoveTM. rMove makes participation simple and convenient, while also improving the overall quality of information collected. After downloading the app, participants just go about their daily life. Throughout the week rMove will ask why they made trips, who was with them, and how they traveled. The data collected will help the Council to understand how day-to-day travel varies across the region.

Households can also participate online or over the telephone, if they prefer, making sure that all those invited can contribute to this important study.

Better technology means more complete data

The TBI study has been conducted every 10 years starting in 1949. Beginning this year, the Council will transition to collecting data every other year using new methodologies to keep pace with rapid changes in the transportation industry.

As technologies and the way people get around continue to change, the survey data will help agencies propose practical transportation investments, produce competitive federal grant applications and prioritize the improvements that best fit regional needs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is this study all about?  They want to hear how you get around: How do you travel? How far do you go? How much does it cost? The goal is to get a complete picture of transportation patterns to better plan for future improvements in the community.

Why should I participate?  Your participation ensures that households like yours are represented in the regional transportation plans. (The gift card at the end helps to!)

How much time does it take to participate?  If takes 15 minutes to begin and determine your next steps. Households that complete the study on their smartphones will take about 5 minutes per day for one week to report their travel. Households that complete the study online or by phone will take about 10 minutes to report their travel.

How was I selected to participate?  Invited households were selected at random from the greater Twin Cities region.

What do I get for participating?  Everyone who lives with you must participate to receive a gift card for your household. The gift card amount will depend on how you participate. Households that complete the study on their smartphones will receive $15 per adult (e.g., a household with two adults receives $30). Households that complete the study online or by phone will receive one $10 gift card per household.

I was asked to use the study smartphone app (rMoveTM). How does it work?  rMove collects travel and trip information from invited participants. Participants who use rMove should keep their phones with them any time they travel during their study period.

What if I don’t travel much?  Any amount of travel (including no travel) will help improve regional transportation planning. Don’t forget that short trips, such as walking the dog, count too.

What if my transportation habits during the study aren’t my “typical” habits?  That’s no problem – you are still encouraged to participate. You will also be asked how you typically travel.

How is my personal privacy protected?  Your personal information collected will not be disclosed or shared except as required by law.

How will the study results be used?  The data collected will help the local and regional planners to understand how day-to-day travel varies across the region. As technologies and the way people get around continue to change, the results of the study will help agencies propose practical transportation investments, produce competitive federal grant applications, and prioritize the improvements that best fit regional needs.

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