Household Travel Survey Program

Last Updated: 
Jun 20, 2018

The surveys collect day-to-day information from households in the central Puget Sound region: how we travel, where we go, how long it takes us—even where we choose to live. Having a complete picture of travel patterns helps produce better plans for the future.

How people surveyed ranked affordability in choosing a place to live

How Are Survey Results Used?

The surveys help the Puget Sound Regional Council and communities throughout the region plan transportation improvements. For example, what role can transit, biking and walking play in improving regional mobility?

About the Survey Program

The spring 2017 household travel survey is part of a six-year survey program for three waves (i.e., three two-year survey cycles). This effort builds upon the 2014 and 2006 household travel surveys to continue to support a wide variety of agency and member data and analysis needs.  The next two waves are planned for 2019 and 2021, depending on funding.

The multi-year program is the next step in PSRC’s approach to do more frequent surveying – smaller surveys at regular, short intervals rather than large surveys every six to ten years. We believe this is a more cost-effective and timely approach to collect the data needed for monitoring and modeling regional travel and land use patterns. Because we will have more current data than what has been available in the past, we will be able to better evaluate how different factors relate to and affect travel behavior as well as how they change over time.

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