Improvements to our transportation system will make our community stronger, safer, and more economically vibrant.
Who is sponsoring this survey?
This project is sponsored by the Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). SEFTC consists of the engineers, planners, and other administrators from the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The SEFTC serves as a forum for the counties to discuss and plan transportation issues affecting the entire region.
What is the SEFTC Regional Travel Survey?
This Southeast Florida Transportation Council Regional Travel Survey is an in-depth study of the travel and activity patterns within Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
The survey will provide detailed information from 5,000 households about where and how residents traveled over an assigned period of days.
To make sure we hear from a representative sample of the region's population, each selected household will be asked questions about their demographics, travel routines and use of transportation. The data will provide a better picture of the daily travel of residents in Southeast Florida and the surrounding area. This information will help transportation planners to determine how to enhance public transportation in the area, improve roads, reduce traffic congestion, and improve walking and bicycle paths.
Who is conducting this survey?
On SEFTC's behalf, the Miami-Dade MPO has contracted a consultant team of professionals led by the firm of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff. Abt SRBI, Inc. is the lead firm for the household survey task and conducted various household survey research and analysis across the U.S.
How was my household selected?
Your household was randomly selected in the survey from a list of addresses in the region.
Who else is being asked to participate in the Survey?
Households in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties will be randomly selected to participate in this survey. By selecting households at random, we ensure representative samples from all different community types.
Why should I participate?
The survey is an important component in the regional transportation planning process. Your input will help improve the roads, increase public transportation options and shorten commuting times. The travel survey is a critical data source for developing sound transportation policy and helping to ensure a strong factual foundation for transportation investment decisions that will directly benefit you.
Aside from improving the transportation system in my area, what other benefits will the survey data have on my community?
By reducing traffic congestion and improving our transportation options, we can improve the air quality in your neighborhood. Also, we help make our economy grow by making it easier to travel to our jobs or shopping centers.
What will SEFTC do with the data I provide?
Transportation planners are interested in how people travel from place to place. The last region-wide travel survey was conducted in 1999, and an update is required to provide current data on the travel choices, preferences, and needs of the public, as travel behavior has changed since then. The data you provide will be statistically summarized to describe these travel patterns in a general way that represents all households in the region.
What will I be asked to do for the survey?
If you received a letter asking you to participate in the survey, we are asking you to go to https://confirm.opinionport.com/wix/p26809675.aspx. In order to complete the survey, you need the User ID included in the letter you received regarding the survey.
For part one of the survey, we are interested in some general background information about your household members. Some surveys take about five minutes to complete. On average, part one of the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your family.
A few days later, we ask you to complete part 2 of the survey. For part two of the survey, we would like household members to visit https://confirm.opinionport.com/wix/p26927091.aspx and complete a journal about their daily travel. On average, each day's travel journal will take about 15 minutes to complete, depending on the number of trips taken.
To help understand how far they travel, some households may be randomly asked to also carry GPS loggers while they travel. The GPS loggers will be provided by mail prior to the first travel day at no cost to you. Besides carrying the logger with you (it fits in a pocket), there are no additional tasks for households who are selected to travel with loggers.
If you have questions on how to complete the survey, please call the SEFTC survey helpline 1-800-334-4614.
Who can I contact for more information?
You can contact the survey team about the Regional Travel Survey at email@example.com
How long will you be conducting the study?
We will be collecting data during the Fall of 2016 and Spring 2017.
Will information from the survey be available to the public?
To keep your information private, only summarized information from the study will be released. No individual person or family data will ever be made available to the public.
What if I don't feel comfortable answering some of the questions?
We are required by law to adhere to strict confidentiality regulations for all the information collected but, of course, you may decline to answer any question. Your privacy is respected and you do not need to answer any question that makes you uncomfortable.
What if out-of-the-ordinary events happen during my assigned travel day that change my travel?
Every day, many households in the region have an out-of-the-ordinary travel day. This is important for us to measure, because these differences balance out. Even if the assigned travel period turns out to be out-of-the-ordinary for you or someone else in your household, it is important to complete the study. If our study gathered only "normal" travel days, it would not give us an accurate picture of real travel patterns.
What if I travel out of the region during my assigned travel day?
Even if you leave the region, we are still interested in your travel data. It is expected that some portion of the population travels outside the region each day, and we want to make sure we capture those travelers as well.
What if I don't drive a car?
We are interested in all types of travel. This includes travel by train, bus, walking, bicycle, car, and truck or any other means you use to get around. We need data for all modes of travel during the study time period.
What if I don't travel very much?
You represent many people in the region who do not travel very much, and your data is important for us to understand the reasons for the amount of travel you do make.
Taking the Survey
Why do you need to know information about the household?
Researchers have found that how people travel to work, school or other locations is often influenced by a person's background. By answering questions about your household, engineers and planners can improve the transportation for the different groups of the population within Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
How long will the survey take?
Some surveys take about five minutes to complete part one of the survey. On average, part one of the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your family.
On average, each days travel journal will take about 15 minutes, depending on the number of trips taken.
What is meant by "travel" and "activities"?
Travel is moving from one place to another, while activities are what you do while in a place. For example, driving from your house to the mall would be a trip, while shopping is an activity you do once you are at the mall.
Why do you want to know about my activities?
By answering if you were shopping, working, dropping a friend off or any other activity, you will help researchers understand the purpose of your trip. This information allows transportation planners to better understand the reasons behind trips that people living in the region make.
Why do you need to know when and where each activity took place?
This allows us to better understand how far you travel and how much time you spent traveling. This information is used to help reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation options.
Why do you need to know my occupation or job?
One of the primary reasons for travel is to commute to and from work. Knowing how people employed in different occupations travel will help planners prepare when a new business or school opens in our region.
Why do you need to know when and where our children go to school?
By understanding how families travel to school, planners can improve school bus routes, bicycle lanes and roads around our schools.
Completing your Travel Journal
What do I need in order to complete part two of the survey, my travel journal?
After completing part one, the initial household survey, you will receive a letter reminding you of your travel days. The letter also contains instructions on how to report your travel online.
If your household was selected to travel with GPS loggers, you will receive a packet with loggers and instructions enclosed.
What if I do not receive my materials in time to logging my travel or if I cannot begin log travel on my assigned day?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SEFTC helpline 1-800-334-4614.
How do I enter my travel information online?
You enter your travel online by following these steps:
- Visit https://confirm.opinionport.com/wix/p26927091.aspx and enter the User ID that was provided in the letter you received.
- You should now be presented with a list of all participating household members. Press the "Start" button next to the person you want to enter travel data for.
- Follow the prompts to enter your information about travel and activities.
So that you may provide the best possible information, we ask you provide your travel information the day after your assigned travel day.
What if I have misplaced my materials?
Please email us at email@example.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-334-4614.
What if I am having difficulty with the seftctravelsurvey.org website?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at 1-800-334-4614.
Using the GPS Logger
What do you do with the GPS data captured?
The GPS device collects the travel locations for trips you make, as well as start/stop times of the trips. The GPS data improve the travel details of the information provided in the online travel surveys showing the GPS travel captured.
Is information about where I live and where I go linked to my name?
No, there is no connection between your name and the information collected on the GPS device. Your household is assigned a confidential ID number. Your name is NEVER attached to the travel data.
Can you tell where I am all the time?
Your privacy is important to us. We will not actively monitor or track your behavior for the study in any way. The GPS devices passively collects and only transmit information to secured, protected and encrypted servers when charging. To maintain the protection on your data, you may only view your GPS data by using a username and password you create.
To further protect your information, after returning your GPS logger we will remove any personal identifiable information from the logger.
How should I carry the GPS device?
Carry it in your pocket, bag, purse, etc. Simply carry it with you at all times when you travel. Participants from prior studies have reported the GPS device is very convenient to carry because of the small size and light weight.
How do I know if my GPS device is working?
Included with your GPS device is an easy to read single page instruction sheet. As noted on this instruction sheet, the GPS device will flash blue and green when it is working properly. If lights are on and/or blinking, then the device is functioning correctly. The device is very easy to use, as you simply charge at night, and press the power button to turn on, and then just carry it with you.
How often do I need to charge my GPS device?
The GPS device needs to be charged with the enclosed charger each night. Charging takes approximately 2 hours. Included with your device is a power cord for convenient charging.
What if my GPS device doesn't show any lights?
The GPS devices might go to sleep to save batteries when not in active use. Pick the device up and move it around. If it doesn't light up, press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to turn back on. If it still doesn't light up, the battery needs charging. Please charge the device for 2 hours.
What do I do with the device after the travel period?
Please return the device, with charger, to SRBI using the self addressed envelope provided. If you no longer have the envelope, please email us at email@example.com and we will provide you with a new label. There is no cost to for returning the device when our label is used.
What if I lose the device? Can someone know my personal data?
Please let us know if you lose the GPS device and we will deactivate it. The GPS device only stores your travel data between uploads. After an upload, the device erases the previous travel data. To further protect your information, the device uses an anonymous code to organize your data, instead of your name or other personal information.
What if I have additional questions about the GPS Logger?
Please feel free to contact Abt SRBI, at 1-800-334-4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to answer any questions you might still have.
Where may I find the instructions that came with the GPS logger?
You can find the instructions and illustrations that came with the logger by clicking here.