Collaborative Visitor Transportation Survey


The Collaborative Visitor Transportation Survey facilitates streamlining the data collection process for transportation planning, increases collaboration while limiting redundency among agency information sets, and creates a system for sharing collected data. By collaborating survey and data resources, managers assessing transportation issues will have more efficient resources for determining mobility and access concerns, public and environmental safety plans, understanding visitor priorities and nature-based motivation, and economic consequesnces resulting from transportation management actions. A major component of the collaborative survey data is having uniform performance metric category references for managers and research scientists.

As new survey needs are identified, draft questions may be submitted for review by the collaborative effort and subsequently processed through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Once approved, the draft survey questions are added to the database where the questions are categorized based on topic and associated data gathering methods. The Collaborative Visitor Transportation Survey will allow managers to allocate more resources to other sections of transportation projects in place of the reserach development and planning segments due to a wider, more efficient collection of survey resources.

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