Welcome to the Maryland Travel Survey

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About the Survey

Help us improve transportation in your community!

To help us understand the needs of your community, the Maryland Department of Transportation is asking households across the state to take part in the Maryland Travel Survey. This important survey helps to build a snapshot of how, when, and why people travel in their daily lives, whether you travel by car, public transit, bicycle, or on foot. The results inform decision makers as they consider where to spend transportation dollars to reduce congestion, improve safety, and increase the availability of transportation in Maryland communities.

Survey News

  • The first invitations to participate in the Maryland Travel Survey will be sent in the spring of 2018.

Downloads

PDF file Travel Log One per person

Why Your Participation Matters

We need your input to help us spend our transportation dollars wisely.

Accurate information about how people get from place to place in our state will help ensure that transportation funds are spent where they are needed most.

You can make a difference.

Your travel information will help build a complete picture of local and statewide transportation needs, so decision makers can effectively recommend where to make improvements.

You are important.

Your household was randomly selected to represent many other households like yours across the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

  • What is the Maryland Travel Survey?
  • The Maryland Travel Survey is a primary source of data used by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to identify existing deficiencies in the transportation system and to ensure your tax dollars are used wisely.

    The survey is being conducted with 7,500 households across Maryland. Randomly selected households are initially contacted by mail and asked to respond to a brief survey about their household. Households are then asked to keep track of the places they go for one day, and to provide details about their daily travel.

    The data will be used to estimate how much travel is generated by all households in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Saint Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties and Baltimore City.
  • Who is sponsoring this survey?
  • The Maryland Travel Survey is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT strives to create safe, sustainable, and exceptional transportation solutions to connect residents to life’s opportunities. MDOT and its local partners work closely together to develop long-range transportation improvements that serve all parts of the state to the greatest extent possible. To learn more about MDOT, visit mdot.maryland.gov.
  • How was the Maryland Travel Survey funded?
  • The Maryland Travel Survey was funded with state planning and research funds. Funds in this pool are not eligible for road improvement projects. In other words, these funds must only be used to guide transportation investments.
  • Who is conducting this survey?
  • Westat (www.Westat.com) is an industry-leading survey research organization with over 50 years of experience designing and conducting research studies in a wide range of subject areas. They have 20 years of experience conducting national and regional transportation-related research. Their transportation survey team is responsible for administering the Maryland Travel Survey.
  • Why should I participate?
  • You have an opportunity to help your community. A survey of this type is typically conducted only once in a decade, at most, and sometimes longer. By participating and reporting your travel behavior, your household will be one of only a few thousand randomly selected to represent the entire state. The information that your household and other surveyed households provide will help build a complete and accurate picture of regional and local transportation needs so that public funds for improvements can be spent where they are needed most.
  • How was my household selected?
  • Participants in the survey have been randomly selected from a list of residential addresses to ensure equal opportunities for participation across Maryland. All households will be contacted first by mail and some households may receive a follow-up contact by phone. Your household may have been chosen even if your telephone number is unlisted or is on a DoNotCall list. Westat and other survey research organizations are exempt from DoNotCall lists as they are not a telemarketing firm and are not trying to sell anything. Westat is solely a survey research organization.
  • What is a “household”?
  • A household consists of an entire group of people who live in one dwelling unit and share a kitchen.
  • Why do you need to know information about the household?
  • The number, timing, and types of trips made are affected by the characteristics of the person and the household in which he or she lives. A person's age, gender, employment status, number of vehicles and household income all affect his or her travel decisions. This information is needed to make sure that we are collecting information from all kinds of households in Maryland.
  • Can I participate even if I did not receive a letter or postcard in the mail?
  • Maybe!  It is possible that your address has been selected to participate, but because we send out invitations over several months, you may have been selected but not yet notified by mail. To see if you have been selected, contact us with the information requested. If you are selected to participate, we will let you know how to join the survey.
  • What will be done with the data collected from the survey?
  • The data collected from the survey will be summarized to describe the travel behaviors of households in Maryland. More specifically, information provided by all participants will be used to summarize the general activities people engage in, the means of travel used to get to these activities, where people are coming from and going to, the extent to which trips are combined together (e.g., grouping together your errands), and the time of day trips are made.

    A publicly available dataset will also be developed from the information collected but it will not contain any personally identifiable information so your privacy will be protected. For more information about how the data will be protected, review the Privacy Statement.
  • How will my information be used?
  • The information you provide will be used to help improve roads, including walking and bicycling options, throughout Maryland. For example, knowing where and how people travel helps determine which roads are used more than others and may need widening, and where sidewalks or bicycle lanes would be useful. The information is also used by air quality agencies to better understand how motorized travel contributes to vehicle emissions.

Taking the Survey

  • How long does the survey take?
  • Everyone's experience is a bit different, so the time needed to take the surveys will vary. The number of people in your household, the number of trips made, and other factors determine the actual length of each survey.

    The first step is to tell us about your household and takes around 15 minutes. The second step is to tell us about the places you and the other members of your household went on your travel day. It takes about to 20 – 25 minutes, but varies based on the number of people in your household, the number of trips made, and other factors.
  • Will my information from the survey be available to the public?
  • No, your personal information will not be made available to the public. While key findings about travel behavior drawn from the survey will be combined with the information from all participating households and summarized, this information will be general in nature and will relate to regional transportation areas of interest. No identifying information will be shared. For example, statistics about transportation mode choices or peak travel times across day of week will be reported among many other state-wide statistics. A publicly available dataset will also be developed from the information collected but it will not contain any personally identifiable information so your privacy will be protected.

    As required by law, your specific activities and travel patterns will remain confidential, as will any contact information you provide (your name, home address, phone number, email address, etc.). We will only use your contact information to conduct the survey, or to validate or confirm your survey data.
  • What if I don't feel comfortable answering some of the questions?
  • The Maryland Travel Survey is voluntary. While some questions are required for participation, you may decline to answer any question. Your privacy will be respected. As required by law, any information that you provide through this survey will be kept confidential.
  • Will the information collected be useful for environmental purposes?
  • Yes. Improving air quality by reducing vehicle emissions is an important part of transportation planning and decision-making. The survey contains questions about how your household uses your vehicles during your assigned travel date, or other forms of transportation, including walking and biking. This information may help improve infrastructure that would support more non-motorized trips to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Why do you need to know when and where our children go to school?
  • A significant amount of travel is made by children going to and from school. Often, this affects the travel behaviors of their parents or caretakers, not only as it relates to school trips, but how they plan other trips like grocery shopping and running other errands. Knowing where children go to school and how they get there will help us better understand how other household trip-making is connected. Getting children to and from school safely is a priority in all transportation planning. No identifying information about your children will be made available to the public.
  • Why do you need to know my occupation or job?
  • A significant amount of travel is made by people going to and from work, and by people at work. We want to better understand how jobs generate travel.
  • What if out-of-the-ordinary events happen on the day I’m supposed to keep track of the places I go?
  • On any given day, many households across Maryland will have a “non-ordinary” travel day. But collectively, all these variations — less travel, more travel, and different-than-usual travel — balance out. So even if your assigned travel day is out-of-the-ordinary for you or someone else in your household, it is important that you report what actually occurred that day.
  • What if I travel out of the area or state on my assigned travel days?
  • You will be asked to use the travel logs, or smart-phone app, just as if you were traveling within Maryland. However, if you know in advance that your ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD will not be in the state at all on your travel day, let us know (Contact Us) and we can try to reschedule your travel day. However, if only some members of your household are out of the state on your assigned travel date, we would still like to collect data from your household on the assigned travel date.
  • What if I don't go to many places?
  • Some people feel that just because all they do is visit a friend or go to the post office, their information is not important. In fact, these people, and those who do not go anywhere at all on their travel day, are just as important as someone who makes many trips. If we include only people that go a lot of places in the survey, we would over-represent daily travel in Maryland.

    The purpose of the survey is to get a complete and accurate picture of travel across the state. So even if you didn’t go anywhere on the day you were asked to report your trips, we would still like to know.
  • What if I don't drive a car?
  • We are interested in all the ways that people get around Maryland—whether you walk, use the bus, ride a bicycle, take a taxi, or drive a car, truck, or motorcycle. Even if you are homebound, we still want to make sure your household is included in the survey as it is equally as important as other households.

Contact Us

Survey Hotline

Have questions about participating in the Maryland Travel Survey or feedback about the DailyTravel mobile app?

Send us a message or call the toll-free hotline at:

1-855-956-1378

Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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The Maryland Travel Survey is committed to respecting your privacy.

As required by law, any information obtained during this survey will be kept confidential. We do not sell any personal contact information. Your name and other identifying information will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.

Information that you provide will be combined with information from other participants. Summarized results will be shared with the transportation planning stakeholders and the general public. The information will be used for planning and research purposes only. No personally identifiable information will be shared with the public in any datasets that are created.

We want you to feel secure in providing responses to our questions. Your decision to participate is voluntary and greatly appreciated. While some questions are required for participation, you may decline to answer any question.

For more information, contact us.

Baltimore Light Rail in Linthicum (2009) by James G. Howes [Attribution], from Wikimedia Commons

MTA Maryland 2008 New Flyer DE60LFR on Baltimore Street (2012) by ETLamborghini [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons