Transportation study under way |

Transportation study under way

Gregory Crofton

Exactly what are the transportation needs of people who own homes in the Lake Tahoe Basin?

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency aims to find out this summer with a travel behavior study that will track the daily activities of 1,250 randomly selected residents who volunteer for the project.

The data collected will be analyzed to determine areas where there is a greater need for public transportation, what demands on transportation can be expected in the future, and how those demands might impact air quality.

Participants in the survey will be given a 24-hour travel log to record where they go, how long they stay and what type of transportation they used to get to their destination.

Results of the survey will be confidential. Before the full study is undertaken in May, a test study involving 30 households will be conducted this month.

The TRPA, a bistate organization charged with protecting regulating growth and protecting the basin’s environment which includes air quality, hired NuStats, a transportation research firm based in Austin, to conduct the study.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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