ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Mid-Region Council of Governments is seeking participants for a new survey that will track travelers trips.
"We're doing this to get a really good cross-section of people and the behaviors that they demonstrate as they travel through the region," MRCOG spokesperson Augusta Meyers said.
The goal is to get 2,400 households to participate in the voluntary survey.
A letter has already been sent out to randomly selected homes in Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia counties as well as to some area pueblos.
Those who agree will keep track of and write down all of the trips they take and the method of transportation used on an assigned travel day then enter that data into MRCOG's Keep New Mexico Moving website.
"This is the kind of stuff that we're looking for that will help us better plan for roads, for land use and planning development for transit that serves the needs of the people," said Meyers.
Twenty percent, or 480 of the households will also be given GPS tracking devices to wear for three days.
MRCOG said the GPS will be used to back up the information the survey participant submits online.
"You may have your routine down--you go from home to work--but you might forget that you stopped for coffee on the way," Meyers continued. "The GPS device will pick up all those little trips and make sure those get recorded as well."
The survey will run through January, and people who agree to submit their information will be compensated $10 per household for those filling out just the paper portion and a bit more for people who wear the GPS.
"Each person who wears one will receive $20," Meyers said. "So for instance a family of five could be eligible for a $110 stipend for just participating," said Meyers.
Once all the information is collected MRCOG will use it to help research and plan for the future of transportation in the area.
The GPS trackers only record location and the time the participant was there. All the data will be confidential.
The $600,000 for the project come from federal and local funding.
If you do not receive a letter asking your household to participate, you can still weigh in by completing a questionnaire at the bottom of the project website.
MRCOG said it expects to have all the date collected and in hand in April.
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