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External Travel Survey Helps Determine Area Transportation Needs


May 2, 2013

Anna Gallup, CDOT Regional Modeling Section Manager, 704-336-8034
Linda Durrett, Communications/PR Manager, 704-336-3902
Charlotte, NC— Local governments in the metropolitan Charlotte area, in association with the departments of transportation in North Carolina and South Carolina, are conducting an external travel survey to better understand where travelers entering our region are headed.   The results will be used in conjunction with other data collected to plan transportation improvements in the region that could include improvements to existing roadways or transit routes and / or proposing new roadways or transit routes.  Any transportation improvement will ultimately be vetted through the federally required long range transportation planning process.
Over the next few weeks, folks traveling into and through the greater Charlotte area will be asked to participate in a short survey.   ETC Institute, the firm conducting the survey, will randomly stop motorists traveling on non-freeway facilities to participate in the one to two minute survey.   Those participating in the survey will be asked questions about the origin, destination, and general purpose of their travel.  Only a small percentage of travelers will be selected to participate, resulting in minimal travel delay.  All information collected is confidential and individual responses will not be released.
This study is being developed by Mecklenburg-Union MPO (MUMPO), Cabarrus-Rowan MPO (CRMPO), Gaston Urban Area MPO (GUAMPO), Rock Hill-Fort Mill Transportation Study (RFATS), NCDOT, SCDOT, Rocky River RPO (RRRPO) and Lake Norman RPO (LNRPO).  The Charlotte City Council approved implementing the study in January of 2013 with funding of $390,000 from NCDOT, SCDOT, MUMPO, CRMPO, GUAMPO, and RFATS.  For more information contact Anna Gallup, CDOT Regional Modeling Section Manager, at 704-336-8034 or
The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."