Residents of Whatcom County are encouraged to participate in a survey about driving around the county.
The Whatcom Regional Transportation Study survey, published by the Whatcom Council of Governments (WCOG), has been designed to learn about household demographics, daily travel activities and typical travel patterns of the survey participants.
WCOG officials say they hope to learn about residents’ daily transportation habits such as what types of transportation are used, how far people travel and how much is being spent. Information received will be used to plan for future transportation improvements in Whatcom County.
Invitations to participate in the survey either online or by calling a toll-free number are being mailed to over half of all households throughout Whatcom County beginning next week. Organizers say an invite is not required to participate.
After completing the survey, participants will be asked to keep a diary of their travels. Those with smartphones can use a travel diary app, rMove™, for a week. Others will provide information online or by phone about their travel habits and trips for a day.
Households can qualify to receive gift cards once all members have completed both the survey and the diary. Households that complete the second part of the study on the smartphone app will receive one $15 gift card per adult. Households that complete both parts online or by calling in will receive a single $10 gift card.
Visit the survey website at WhatcomRTS.com for more information and details.
The Whatcom Council of Governments was established in 1966 and provides a forum for mutual cooperation among its members, which include the County’s seven cities, Whatcom County Government, the Port of Bellingham and other regional agencies.