Thurston Regional Planning Council regularly conducts surveys to support work programs and grants. Surveys help TRPC accomplish its mission to provide leadership on regional plans, policies, and issues by collecting key data on residents’ priorities, values, and travel behavior. Below is a list of recently conducted surveys. 
Household Travel Survey
The 2013 Household Travel Survey collected information on the daily travel patterns of South Sound residents. Results were used to update the TRPC Travel Demand Model, which is used by transportation planners to reduce traffic congestion, improve walking and bicycle lanes, and enhance public transportation in our region.

I-5 Origin & Destination Survey
As part of the I-5 Origin and Destination Study, license plate cameras, traffic counters and surveys were used to gather information on the number, type, origin, and destination of vehicles traveling through the Interstate 5-Highway 101 interchange. The results were used to develop a strategy for efficient transportation through this key highway corridor.

Sustainable Thurston Surveys 

As part of the Sustainable Thurston planning process, surveys were sent to 5,000 randomly selected households in Thurston County to understand residents’ values and priorities for our region. A related survey, targeting low-income and minority households often underrepresented in planning processes, was also conducted. 

South Thurston County License Plate Survey

This 2005 survey used traffic counters and license plate cameras to study traffic patterns in the south-county communities of Rainier, Tenino and Yelm. 

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Surveys
TRPC coordinates surveying of Thurston County worksites affected by the State’s Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law every 2 years. These surveys provide information on how employees at the region’s largest worksites travel to work, and how far they travel. The results help track progress towards state CTR goals.

Thurston Here To There: Changing the Way We Travel
In 2010, TRPC was awarded a US Dept. of Energy grant to promote sustainable travel choices and reduce drive alone trips in the communities of Bucoda, Rainier. Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm. As part of this grant, TRPC conducted surveys of residents’ travel choices over a three-year period.