Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Puget Sound Regional Travel Study?

This study collects information about day-to-day travel in and across the Puget Sound region to obtain a statistically accurate picture of travel patterns.

How will you use the study results?

This study will help the Puget Sound Regional Council and local governments plan transportation improvements so that investments are made when and where needed to accommodate the region's growth.

Why should I participate?

Planning agencies need data about local travel characteristics to plan for current and future transportation needs. Your input has a big impact because your household is one of a small number participating.

What is the Puget Sound Regional Council?

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is regional planning organization responsible for transportation, economic development, and land use planning within King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. PSRC also assembles data used by planners in the region. For more info, visit

Who are the sponsors for this study?

The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional sponsor. The City of Seattle is sponsoring extra data collection in Seattle's Urban Villages.

How was I selected to participate?

Invited households were randomly selected from all the residential addresses in the study area.

My travel on my assigned day isn't "typical" — should I still participate?

Yes. Please report your travel even it if wasn't a "typical" day.

I don't travel very much — should I still participate?

Yes. Whether you make many trips or don't travel at all, please report your activity on your travel date.

How is my personal privacy protected?

We are committed to your privacy and we take it very seriously. Click here to read our full privacy policy.

What will I get for participating?

Your household will receive at least $15 after completing the two-part study. Some households will participate by smartphone and receive $25 or more.

Why is my household assigned a specific travel date?

This helps provide a snapshot of travel throughout the region on a randomly selected day. We call this your "travel day" or "travel date."

Should my children participate?

Yes. Trips to and from school, sports practice, play dates, and other activities help us understand the full nature of how the transportation system is used and how we can improve it.

How do I participate if my household is invited to the smartphone study?

If you are selected for the smartphone-based study, we will assign you to a one-week travel period and ask all adults to download a smartphone app, rMove™, that will automatically record your trips and prompt you to answer a few questions each day about your travel behaviors.

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