Transportation

New Survey Wants To Know Why People Are Driving Solo

Researchers look for ways to encourage Houstonians to share their commute.

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Driver Henry Bradford lets loose in a YouTube rant on I-10 traffic.  

“It’s wack. Really Houston, come on. It’s always jammed up.”

Bradford may want to take the new online survey the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is doing for H-GAC. Harris County residents are being asked how they get to work, what routes they take, and how long they spend on the road.

Figures show about 80% of Houston’s commuters currently drive to work by themselves. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says that’s obvious to anyone who drives the freeways.

“Once in a while, I’ll be on an HOV lane going out, and you look over to the main lanes, and car after car after car, it’s one person in a car,” says Emmett.

One of those working on the survey is Texas A&M researcher Jonathan Brooks. He says they’re hoping to gain valuable information on how to encourage commuters to try something different.

“We designed our survey to be comprehensive enough to provide people an opportunity to describe their motivation and circumstances, and then provide feedback on types of incentives that currently exist or could exist,” says Brooks.

Once the survey is complete, researchers will put together a report, and H-GAC will use that information as it tries to come up with incentives for people to find new ways to get to work.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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