22 Jun 2012, 2.17PM
To have a better understanding of travel patterns on our land transport system, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will begin surveying 10,000 households from next week for its Travel Survey.
Conducted every four to five years, the survey aims to provide data on household travel patterns, which will enable LTA to shape and refine transport policies and plans. The data will also be used to track the status of some of the targets stated in the Land Transport Master Plan, for example, how well Singapore is coming along in increasing the public transport mode share to 70% by 2020.
In addition, 1,000 volunteers, picked from the household survey participants, will be invited to take part in a trial using global positioning system (GPS) technology on smartphones.. This project is a joint trial by the LTA and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to determine how GPS can improve the accuracy of survey methods. Participants will have to download an application, which will track their travel locations and routes for two weeks. For accuracy, participants will need to validate their travel patterns by logging on to a dedicated website during or after the two-week GPS survey.
Separately, the LTA will also poll 10,000 MRT commuters for a better understanding of their travel experience and how the completed Circle Line has influenced their travel patterns.
LTA expects to share the key findings upon completion of the survey next year.
What are your thoughts on the LTA survey to shape and refine transport policies and plans?