Credit-Based Congestion Pricing Survey for Austin Region
Section I General Questions
Instructions: Please read questions
carefully and mark the boxes corresponding to your answers .
1. How long have you lived in Austin?
Less than 1 year 1-2 years
3-5 years More than 5
2. What is
your age (in years)? 16-19 years 20-24 years 25-34 years 35-44 years 45-59 years 60-79 years Over 80
gender: Female Male
4. What is
your employment status?
(specify) (Skip to
Question No. 8)
5. If you
are employed/go to school, how flexible are your work/school hours?
flexible at all
6. If you
are employed, do you work primarily at home?
Yes (Skip to
Question No. 8)
you do not work at home, how far do you travel to work or to school?
long does this travel take during peak times of the day? (between 7:30-9:30 am and/or 4:30-6:30 pm)
long do you estimate this trip would take without congestion? (e.g. at midnight)
How many people live in your household? (include yourself, also include roommates, even if they
are not related to you.)
those living in your household, how many are licensed drivers? (please include teen-age drivers)
many vehicles does your household use daily or almost daily? (include cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles and
work related vehicles)
10a. How many trips do you
make per week during peak hours? Peak hours are
defined as 7:30 to 9:30 am & 4:30 to 6:30 pm. (
trip is one journey from say, home to work place. The return journey will be
counted as a second trip)
trip(s) per week
About how many of these peak hour trips each week are by the following
(please try to make the total trips equal your answer in question10a)
Drive Alone trip(s)
Other mode of travel (specify) trip(s)
11. If you ever carpool
during peak hours, with whom do you carpool? (check all that apply)
many times each week do you travel during peak hours for
the following purposes? (Count round trips as
Child Care trip(s)
purpose (specify) trip(s)
of the above trips could you make at times other than during peak hours?
(check all that apply)
13b. How many of the
trips listed in Question No.12 could you rather easily alter to avoid driving on
congested roads or during peak-periods? (this
could mean selecting an entirely different destination)
Using the map as a reference, please write in the zones (A3, F5...) for
the following locations: (if they apply to you)
Your work or
US 183 (Research
LOOP 360 (Capitol of Texas
16. Consider that a toll
of 25cents per mile is now charged on cars driven during peak
hours on all of the freeways in Austin. Assume that this new toll
would allow you to travel continuously at the speed limit on all freeways.
(Walking, biking and bus travel are exempt from toll).
How would you change your travel?(check all that apply)
Drive less often during peak periods.
often during the peak periods.
Carpool more (with
family members, co-workers, and friends) and share toll charges.
Shift the time of work/school trips to:
Change route to
avoid the freeway or tolled section.
Take the bus more often.
Move my home closer to my work (or other location:
Change my children's school/ daycare locations.
For questions 17 - 20 imagine you
are a driver in the given scenario, and please answer accordingly.
You are a driver who must commute every weekday (to work
or school) during peak hours
on a ten-mile section of freeway. Credit based congestion
pricing has begun, which will charge 25cents per mile
driving a car during peak hours.
Biking, Walking, and Bus trips are all exempted from any toll.
Under the credit based congestion pricing policy you
are given exactly enough credits ($100) to drive alone for all your regular work
or school trips in the month. You would have to pay for any other
peak-period trips on that roadway during the month. You would receive
the dollar amount for any credits which you did not use by the end of the month,
which are worth $5 per day for your 2-way, 20-mile trip.
How many weekdays in a month would you
change your travel patterns
so that you could
have extra credits left over at the end of the
month? (Change in travel
pattern could be change in time of day
when you travel or
change to other
forms of travel such as bus,
Now, you are given
enough credits to drive alone 15 weekdays a month. Thus, if you drove
yourself to work/school every weekday, you would have to pay for 5 weekdays per
month out of your own pocket. What minimum toll (in dollars),
would cause you to consider alternate ways to commute at
least for a few
days a month?
is a bus you could take that will take 15 minutes more (each way, so 30
minutes total, each day) than driving to your destination. At what toll price (in dollars),
per day , would you take the bus instead of
your car to save your driving credits ?
are a driver who drives on a congested road to get to work. This commute
to work takes you 30 minutes. A traffic policy may be implemented so that
the road is much less congested and your commute would require 20 minutes each
way. How much would you
be willing to pay (in dollars),
per day, for
this 10 minute time savings ?
21. Which of these policies
do you strongly support to control congestion in Austin? (Check all that apply ?& please recognize that
almost all non-pricing options will require some form of significant, though
largely indirect, taxation. Some policies will take longer to implement, and
those requiring taking of land generally will entail litigation.)
Light Rail System
($5 per day or more)
Section III Your
22. Do you
currently modify your travel plans to reduce your exposure to traffic
. How do
feel about traffic congestion in Austin?
It's a problem
It's a major
It's a minor problem
not a problem
other problems do you perceive as worse (than
traffic congestion) for Austin?
you hear of congestion pricing (where tolls are
charged during peak periods to reduce congestion) before this
you ever used toll roads?
If yes, did you use a transponder?
each of the following credit-based congestion pricing issues on a scale of 1 to
3, where: 1 = very important issue; 2 = somewhat important
issue; 3 = not important
Ease of use
Cost to Users
28. What is your HOUSEHOLD's approximate yearly income?
(Please note that all information will be kept
highly confidential. Income is a key variable for our predictions of
travel behavior, since it influences time-money tradeoffs.)
More than $170,000
is your education level? Some high school High school diploma or GED Vocational
training certificate Bachelor's degree
Master's degree or higher
Would you be interested in being notified of the results or this survey or
speaking further with us on this issue? If so please provide your email
address (preferred) or work or home address:
Do you have any comments for us? (Any
concerns, questions, ideas for credit distribution, roads to price, times of day
to consider? Please share any suggestions or thoughts you have.)
Who referred you to this survey?
By my friend named
UT student who phoned or visited me. He/she
. How did you hear about this survey?
Solicited in person at home.
Solicited in person outside home.
From other web-page
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Thank you for your completion of this survey
We will strive to enhance
transportation policy for you and the Austin community
Last modified: Sunday, 23 February 2003