By Lynne Hayes-Freeland

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new survey is aiming to help officials consider the future of transportation in Pittsburgh.

The survey is titled, quite simply, “Make My Trip Count.” And the goal is to find out how you get to work or school – and how often.

“I drive to a Park and Ride and then I take the bus in,” said Katie Bachman of Greensburg.

“Sometimes I use my bike to put on a Port Authority Bus,” said Jamar Williams of the West End.

Those are the stories the City of Pittsburgh is looking for, along with a coalition of other organizations to study transportation habits in our region and what fuels them.

The reason? To look ahead and gather information that could be used in making strategic decisions about the region’s modes of transportation in the future.

“There are a lot of different transportation projects out there under discussion,” said Aurora Sharrod of Green Building Alliance. “And if we put more information that’s accurate with what’s going on with commuters, behind the decisions, then hopefully what comes out of it is great for all of us.”

The website MakeMyTripCount.org and the survey takes between three and 10 minutes. You can be anonymous. Or if you want a chance to win a prize for taking the survey, you’ll have to give up your information. The questions are things like, “would you carpool to work?”

“If there was people out of my way, I would consider carpooling,” said commuter Twyla McFarland.
It also asks, “how long do you spend commuting?”

“I live an hour away, so the main thing for me is the rush hour traffic,” said McFarland.

There are no right or wrong answers, just a chance to win Pens tickets or a free Port Authority pass for a month – and to have input on the region’s transportation future.

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Lynne Hayes-Freeland