FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


For questions about the study:

About the Survey Program

What is the Tampa Bay Regional Travel Survey Program all about?

We want to hear how you get around: How do you travel? How far do you go? How much does it cost? Our goal is to get a complete picture of transportation patterns to better plan for future improvements in your community. The survey program consists of several complementary surveys including the Household Travel Survey, the University Student Travel Survey, Seasonal Resident Survey, and Long Distance Travel Survey.  The Household, University, and Seasonal surveys concluded in April 2019 (thank you if you participated!).  The Long Distance Survey is ongoing and will continue through June of 2020.

Why should I participate?

Your participation ensures that households like yours are represented in our regional transportation plans.

How were participants selected?

Participants receiving a mailer were selected at random from the Tampa Bay region to participate. The survey program is open to anyone living or working in the region, so participants were also invited by email, through local advertisements, by employers and universities, or at events. Eligible participants from the Household Travel Survey may be re-invited to participate in the Long Distance Survey.

What if I don’t travel much?

Information about any amount of travel (including no travel) will help us improve regional transportation planning.

What if my transportation habits during the study aren’t my “typical” habits?

That’s no problem—we still encourage you to participate.

How is my personal privacy protected?

We are committed to your privacy and we take it very seriously. Click here to view the full privacy policy for this study.

Who is sponsoring this study?

The survey program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 (FDOT D7), in partnership with the transportation planning agencies in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

About the Long Distance Survey

What is the Long Distance Survey all about?

This survey is about how Tampa Bay residents travel to regional, statewide, national and international destinations. Long-distance trips (one-way trips of 50+ miles) have different needs than regular daily trips, and FDOT D7 and your regional transportation planning agencies want to understand how, where, and why residents make long-distance trips.

Why should I participate in the Long Distance Survey?

Long-distance travel typically take place less frequently and over a longer period of time than daily travel. Also, travel costs and transportation needs are often different than for everyday trips. It is important to understand long-distance travel needs in order to prioritize improvements to highways, airports, railways, and other regional, statewide and interstate facilities.

I already completed the Household Travel Survey – should I still participate in the Long Distance Survey?

YES! The Long Distance Survey is an additional, follow-up part of the Tampa Bay Regional Travel Survey Program. We encourage you to participate in this follow-up survey to help us more fully understand Tampa Bay’s transportation needs over time.

Who can participate in the Long Distance Survey?

Only households who participated in the Household Travel Survey are eligible. All adults in these households are invited to participate. Children are not asked to participate.

I was asked to use the study smartphone app (farMove™). How does it work?

rMove collects travel and trip information from invited participants. farMove is the long-distance version of rMove.

farMove will automatically detect when you make a one-way trip that’s longer than 50 miles. A few hours after you stop traveling at your destination, farMove will ask you a few questions about this trip. farMove will also ask a few questions the day after this trip. Any time you travel during your study period, you should keep your phone on you and keep location services turned on.

How much time does it take to participate in the Long Distance Survey?

A few hours after you travel farther than 50 miles and stop at your destination, farMove will ask you a few questions that take 5-10 minutes to answer. The day after this trip, farMove will also ask a few questions that take less than 5 minutes to answer. At the end of every month in your study period, we’ll ask you to check in online which takes less than a minute each time.

How long will the Long Distance Survey last?

We ask you to report your long-distance travel activity for six months using the farMove smartphone app (refer to the Long Distance Survey invitation for your household’s survey period). It is important that you complete the monthly online survey (even if you did not make any long-distance trips that month). You can drop out of the survey at any time.

What if I don’t make long-distance trips very often?

If you rarely make long-distance trips or even if you do not make any long trips at all during the survey period, we still want to know this! It is important to understand how often residents make trips of 50+ miles, including if these trips are made very infrequently or not at all. If you do not make any long-distance trips, we will ask you to report that each month in a brief online survey that takes less than a minute each time.

What will I get for participating?

All adults in your household who participate in the long-distance survey will receive a Visa gift card at the end of the survey. The gift card value will include $5 for each of the first five months that you complete and a $15 bonus if you complete all six months of the survey—for a total of up to $40. Additionally, a drawing will be held each month to give away another $50 gift card to a randomly selected participant who completed the monthly online survey.

What is a long-distance trip?

For this survey, a long-distance trip includes any one-way trip where you travel more than 50 miles from your home (or from your most recent destination) and stop in a new area for four or more hours. Examples of long-distance trips include:

  • Travel from Tampa Bay to Miami
  • Ride the Silver Star from Tampa to Jacksonville
  • Fly from Florida to Ohio
  • Drive to a theme park in Orlando

If you travel to another city or region and then make short trips within the region (e.g. sightseeing in New York City), this counts as one long-distance trip.

If you travel to another city or region in the morning and then return home, this counts as two long-distance trips (e.g., the drive to Miami to drop your child off at college and then the drive home).

If you drive to Washington DC and stop overnight, this counts as two trips (e.g., the drive from Tampa to your hotel and the drive from your hotel to Washington DC).