Online survey to guide midstate transportation planning

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 11, 2013 3:16 AM

TCRPC Transportation Planner Jamie Lemon demonstrates the program

(Harrisburg) -- Commuters in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties are being encouraged to complete an online survey of where and how they travel.

The concept of an origin-destination study isn't new, but this is the first time the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is conducting such a survey online.

The group says it will save money and time compared to paper travel diaries. Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler says the information provided will help prioritize how limited transportation dollars are spent.

"I'm not a big believer in studies for the sake of studies, but I do believe that this one is important because it can serve as a tremendous guide, with every commuter's participation, in helping to meet the transportation needs of today and tomorrow throughout our region," he says.

The survey will provide planners with a clear picture of how transportation resources are being used, according to Dauphin County Community and Economic Development Director Skip Memmi.

"Once the survey is finished, the data collected will be analyzed to better understand travel behaviors in the region and determine where transportation investments are needed," Memmi explains.

The online survey is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of one's trips.


From left to right: TCRPC Executive Director Tim Reardon, Commissioner Hertzler, Skip Memmi and Perry County Planning Coordinator Jason Finnerty

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