What is the North Florida Travel Survey all about?
The survey is collecting information on day-to-day travel and activities in the North Florida region: how we travel, where we go, how long it takes us, and what we do when we arrive. We want to obtain a complete picture of travel patterns in the region.
How will the survey results be used?
This survey will help the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and other regional transportation agencies prioritize transportation and land-use improvements. For example, what role can transit, carpool, and biking play in improving regional mobility? Where are transportation improvements needed to relieve congestion?
How does my input help improve travel on the roads in my community?
Transportation planners need data about local travel characteristics to understand and plan for current and future transportation needs. That is why travel surveys like this one are conducted every 8-10 years and why we are asking for your help today.
What is the North Florida Travel Survey region?
The survey region includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. If you received an invitation to participate, you live in the survey area.
How was I selected to participate?
Invited households (like yours) were randomly selected from all the residential addresses in the survey area.
Why should I participate?
We need local travel characteristics for local transportation system analysis and planning. Your responses have a significant impact because yours is one of a small number of households participating.
My travel on my assigned day isn't "typical" - should I still participate?
Yes. This survey is about what you actually do, not what you usually do. Please report your travel even it if isn't "typical".
I don't travel very much - should I still participate?
Yes. Whether you make many trips or don't go anywhere at all, please report what actually happens on your assigned travel date.
How is my personal privacy protected?
What will I get for participating?
As thanks for your participation, your household will be entered in a raffle. One randomly chosen household will receive the grand prize on an iPhone X, and 25 other randomly chosen households will receive a $100 gift card. All household members must complete the survey for your household to be entered into the drawing. For raffle rules and details, click here.
Taking the Survey
What is a household?
Everyone who lives in a dwelling unit and shares the kitchen is a part of that household. It can include roommates, friends or household help as well as relatives.
Why is my household assigned a specific travel date?
To depict the full picture of local travel characteristics, we need sufficient travel data across all weekdays and across the entire survey period. For a specific date, a certain number of households (like yours) are chosen to participate in the survey. We are asking for information about the travel made by each person in your household on this specific weekday. We call this date your "travel day" or "travel date".
What is a trip?
A trip is anytime you travel for 100 feet or longer and stop at a new location for a purpose. Even if you stop briefly for gas, at an ATM, or to drop a child off at school, travel to that stop counts as one trip, and travel from that stop to another destination is a separate trip. There is always a purpose (or even multiple purposes) for making a trip - to conduct activities at the destination. Therefore, activities are critical information for understanding the travel needs.
If you travel for 100 feet or longer but return to the same place (such as a recreational jog or bike ride), this counts as two trips: from the starting location to the furthest point you reach, and the reverse trip back.
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Can you share some example trips with me?
Yes. Here are some example trips for you to think about:
Drive to work
Drop your child off at school
Walk the dog
Walk your child to a neighbor's
Bike to the grocery store
Ride the bus to the bank
Carpool to a meeting
Often what we think of as one trip is actually two or more trips. For example, "I stopped to buy gas and a snack on my way home from work" counts as two trips because there was a stop at a new location between your work and home, which led to one trip from work to the gas station and another trip from the gas station to home.
Should my children participate?
Yes, trips to and from school, sports practice, play dates, and other activities help us understand the full nature of how the transportation system is used, and how it can be improved.
What do I do after the Travel Logs are complete?
After completing the Travel Logs on the assigned day, complete the follow-up survey online or by phone within one week of your assigned travel day. Refer to the Travel Logs when responding to questions about your trips and activities.