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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
January 10, 2002

ODOT Performs Travel Demand Survey

Columbus - Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced the department, in cooperation with area metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), will resume and expand its survey of motorists travel patterns.

"The publics participation in the survey is important because knowing how, why, and where people make their daily trips will help transportation planners and public officials develop strategies for making wise transit and highway investments," said Matt Selhorst, ODOTs deputy director of the Division of Planning. "For example, we can determine which roads to improve, which transit services to expand and other issues that affect Ohioans quality of life."

The survey will collect and analyze travel behavior data from a random selection of 15,000 residents statewide. Results from those surveys will be used by the MPOs to update and create new traffic forecasting models for their region. This information will also assist ODOT in developing a new statewide multi-modal system that will forecast traffic volumes and improve project planning.

Between now and May, residents across Ohio will be contacted to ask if they would like to participate in the study. Those who wish to participate will receive a "diary" to record each persons activities over a day. Individuals will then report this information to a trained survey specialist. All surveying is being conducted by NuStats, an independent research firm, on behalf of ODOT and the MPOs.

This survey is part of a five-year, $7.5 million transportation study, which began in 2000.