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Over the next few weeks, some households in the metropolitan Charlotte region will receive a short survey regarding the origin, destination and general purpose of their travel. Local governments, in association with the Departments of Transportation in North Carolina and South Carolina, are conducting this external travel survey to better understand the travel patterns of motorists in the region. The results will be used in conjunction with other data collected to update transportation plans that could include improvements to existing roadways or transit routes as well as proposals for new roadways or transit routes. Any transportation improvements will ultimately be vetted through the federally-required long range transportation planning process.

All information collected is confidential and individual responses will not be released. ETC Institute, the firm conducting the survey, previously collected data about vehicles traveling along freeways in Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly, Mecklenburg and Union counties in North Carolina and Cherokee, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

This study is being developed by Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), Cabarrus-Rowan MPO (CRMPO), Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO (GCLMPO), Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS), NCDOT, SCDOT and Rocky River RPO (RRRPO). The Charlotte City Council approved implementing the study in January of 2013 with funding of $390,000 from NCDOT, SCDOT, CRTPO, CRMPO, GCLMPO and RFATS. For more information contact Anna Gallup, CDOT Regional Modeling Section Manager, at 704-336-8034 or agallup@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
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