NIRPC to conduct household travel survey of 2,000 households in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties

September 10, 2018

The My Daily Travel survey will ask households to share how, when, where, and why they get around to inform decision-making on regional transportation priorities

PORTAGE, September 10, 2018 – Between now and November 2018, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is conducting the My Daily Travel survey, asking households in Northwest Indiana about how, when, where, and why they travel around the region. Collecting this information through a survey is the only way to accurately measure and understand people’s changing travel behaviors. Understanding these patterns helps ensure that funding to improve roads, bridges, and transit is spent where it is needed most.

Households that complete the survey between September 2018 and November 2018 will receive $20. Households will be invited to complete the survey by mail.

The last household travel survey NIRPC conducted was in 2007-08. Now a decade old, the data collected at the time are nearing the end of their useful life in providing relevant information on current travel patterns. Collecting new data will also help NIRPC meet federal regulations: The agency is charged with developing a long-range transportation plan for Northwest Indiana, and must certify that the plan is consistent with current and forecasted transportation and land use trends.

“As we collectively plan for future investments in our transportation system, it’s critical to understand how Northwest Indiana residents are moving about the region,” says NIRPC Executive Director Ty Warner. “Whether you travel by car, train, bike, bus, or get to most places on foot, having good information will help make the most effective investments in our regional transportation infrastructure.”

For more information, visit the My Daily Travel Survey website,

Last modified: September 10, 2018