About the Study
What is this study all about?
We want to learn how, when, where, and why people travel in and around the region. We’re asking you to log your travel to help us understand regional transportation patterns. By participating you can help us plan for future transportation improvements in your community.
Why should I participate
Your participation ensures that households like yours are represented in our regional transportation plans. Your input has a big impact because only a limited number of households are invited to participate in the study.
How was I selected to participate?
Invited households were selected at random from the South Sound region.
Who is sponsoring this study?
This study is sponsored by the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC).
Completing the Study
How much time does it take to participate?
It takes about 10 minutes to sign up for the study. Once you sign up, we’ll give you instructions for logging your travel and completing the study. Households that log their travel for seven days in the smartphone app, rMove, will spend about 5-10 minutes each day reporting their travel. Households that log their travel online or over the phone will spend about 10 minutes per household member reporting their travel for one day.
What do I get for participating?
You will receive a gift card once all members of your household have reported their travel and completed their surveys. If your household participates using the smartphone app, rMove, each participating adult will receive a gift card (e.g., a household with two adults receives two gift cards). Households that report their travel online or by calling in will receive a single gift card.
What if I don’t travel much?
Any amount of travel (even if you don’t make any trips) will help us improve regional transportation planning. Don’t forget that short trips, such as walking the dog, count too. Deliveries to you, such as take-out or groceries, are also important.
What if my transportation habits during the study aren’t my “typical” habits?
That’s no problem – we still encourage you to participate. We’ll also ask about your typical travel habits, how your travel has changed over the past year, and how you think you’ll travel in the future.
I was invited to use the study smartphone app, rMove. How does it work?
After you download rMove and sign up, rMove will log your trips for one week while you go about your daily life. Each day you’ll be asked to complete a short daily survey about your travel habits as well as a trip survey about each trip you make.
How is my personal privacy protected?
How are the results of the survey used?
The survey results will help local and regional planners 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 survey will help local agencies propose practical transportation investments, produce competitive federal grant applications, and prioritize the improvements that best fit regional needs.