City survey asks how you get to work, school
Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, has announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school.
The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through October 16. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.
“Pittsburghers’ commutes are an important part of their daily lives,” said Mayor Peduto. “Whether we’re busing, driving, riding the T, walking or biking, most of us commute twice a day, five times a week – some of us more. As Pittsburgh continues to grow, it’s important that everyone takes the Make My Trip Count commuter survey so that we know how people get into town on a regular basis, which will help us improve our region in the process.”
The Make My Trip Count commuter survey will determine commuter patterns into Downtown, Oakland and the North Shore, and by which transportation modes – bus, car, carpool, T, walking, biking or otherwise. The survey addresses two key questions: Where do commuters travel from and to? Which modes are they using regularly? Respondents also have a chance to provide input about why they commute the way that they do – and the challenges they face.
As an additional incentive to complete the survey, respondents who complete both survey parts will be entered into a drawing to win transit passes, sports tickets, museum memberships, university memorabilia and more.
“This community-wide effort will better enable local leaders, politicians and planners to make short- and long-term improvements to and decisions about our commutes, which could drastically reduce the environmental impacts associated with regional transportation,” said Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Vice President of Innovation at Green Building Alliance.
“The Make My Trip Count survey is an opportunity for commuters to contribute to decision-making that affects each of us every day.”