TxDOT, HGAC To Start New Houston-Area Traffic Survey

If you’re out shopping or conducting other business over the next few months and someone randomly approaches you and starts asking questions about where you came from and how you got where you needed to be, don’t be alarmed. It’s just part of a new survey to help planners figure out where new roads should be built, and where existing roads should be upgraded. David Pitman has more.


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The Texas Department of Transportation is partnering with the Houston-Galveston Area Council to conduct what they call the Workplace Travel Survey. Starting next month, various business will be asked to allow third-party interviewers to ask their employees and customers questions like…

“How they traveled, what route they took to get to this location.”

Alan Clark is the Director of Transportation for the HGAC.

“We’ll be interested in if they traveled with other people, were they carpooling? Did they come in a particular kind of vehicle? We’re particularly interested in if they used transit or walked to that location.”

The responses are kept confidential, and won’t be used to identify anyone. Clark says these surveys are really the only way transportation officials can get the kind of information they need.

“Its purpose is to really help us decide where and how to invest in highway facilities, transit facilities, improved sidewalks and bicycle trails — any number of different uses.”

This is the first traffic survey of businesses in the Houston area in nearly 15 years. The survey is expected to cost $900,000, which will come from money already set aside in TxDOT’s planning budget. It’ll take about a year to complete. The results will be used in a new long-range traffic plan for Harris and adjoining counties that the HGAC hopes to finish by the end of next year.

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David Pitman

David Pitman


David was HPM's local Morning Edition host from 2009 to 2020 — when he was moved to the position of Technical Director of Houston Matters with Craig Cohen, and Town Square with Ernie Manouse. David has extensive public and commercial broadcast journalism and production experience dating back to 1993 –...

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