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Travel survey across region

Published: Tue 17 Oct 2006 02:51 PM
Travel survey across region
17 October 2006
A region-wide travel survey is being carried out by Auckland Regional Council contractors, during October and November, to find out more about how Aucklanders and visitors get around the region.
The voluntary survey, one of a series of travel and land use surveys, collects essential information about the day-to-day travel activities of road, train and ferry users. The results will provide a reliable picture of the actual travel patterns of the community.
ARC Project Manager Jojo Valero says the information will be used to make short- and long-term planning decisions about roads and public transport locally and regionally.
"These are voluntary surveys and people will be asked about their trip - for example where they are travelling from and to, why they are making the trip and other basic information.
"Most interviews only take two minutes to complete.
"All data is strictly confidential and will be used at an aggregated or area level of detail, which means that individual responses cannot be distinguished."
"The roadside and public transport surveys are generally conducted in one direction only to minimise any inconvenience to transport users.
"I would like to thank travellers in advance for helping us to plan the future regional transport system."
Results from the travel surveys will help develop transport models that will become the foundation of transport planning to accommodate the future growth of the region.
Notes for Editors
Auckland Travel Surveys are used to develop the next generation of the Auckland transport models. Models are used by the ARC, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, local councils and Transit NZ for planning roading and public transport projects and services.
Planning currently uses two transport models, which are based on a 1992 travel surveys. Rapid growth, significant land use and transport changes means updated models are necessary to provide the framework for planning Auckland's transport system with confidence for the next 40 years.
ENDS

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