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MI Travel Counts

Did you know that your travel habits help shape Michigan's transportation system?

It's true. Your daily commutes to work from home and back. Cross-state vacations. Errands around town. Even bike rides, walks, and everything in between. Where you go, how you get there and what you do when you get there all shape the understanding of how Michigan's transportation system is used and how it can be improved — now and in the future.

In 2004 and 2005, MDOT conducted the first MI Travel Counts study, a statewide travel survey of more than 14,000 households across the state of Michigan. MDOT conducted a second wave of MI Travel Counts in 2009 where 2,000 households that were surveyed in 2004-2005 were surveyed again to help MDOT understand any changes in household travel since 2005.

In 2015, MDOT, in cooperation with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, conducted a third wave of MI Travel Counts. More than 25,000 randomly selected households across the state participated in the survey by providing household demographic information and then reporting their travel for one day. In addition, ten percent of the households carried a GPS unit for a three-day period. The data from the 2015 survey has been analyzed and the final Methodology Report and Travel Characteristics Report are now available below. There is also a shorter Highlights document that focuses on some of the key findings from the survey.

It all comes down to one thing: Your participation means better Michigan transportation!

Karen Faussett, MDOT Project Manager

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