The study is collecting information on day-to-day travel all across the Greater Toledo region: how we travel, where we go, what it costs, etc. The goal is to get a complete picture of travel patterns across Greater Toledo.
The study region covers the Greater Toledo region in order to improve transportation in both local and state areas. Each year the study will focus on a different part of the state. If you received an invitation to participate, then you live in this year's study area.
We need data about residents' travel to understand and plan for current and future transportation needs. This study will help prioritize future investments in Greater Toledo. Your feedback will have a large impact because yours is one of a small number of households participating.
Yes, if you receive an invitation at your current residential address, you should participate using the password and instructions mailed to your address (even if it is addressed to a former resident, we want to hear from current residents in your neighborhood).
Whether you make a lot of trips or stay home, information about your travel habits helps to plan transportation improvements. We also want to know about any trips you make by walking, biking, taking transit, or any other travel mode even if you don't drive.
Pets have a significant effect on travel. Many people need to schedule their trips so that they aren't away from home for a long time if they have a dog. Additionally, many people travel with their pet which means that their stops need to be shorter, as many establishments don't permit pets, but pets cannot be left in a car for a long time either.
Once all participants in your household have completed all parts of the study, each rMove participant will receive a $20 gift card as a thank you. If your household does not use smartphones for the study and instead participates online or over the phone, your household will receive a $10 gift card as thanks. TMACOG and ODOT employees and their households are welcome to participate in the study but are not eligible to receive a gift card.
rMove is compatible with iOS Version 9 and up, and Android version 4.4 and up. If you have an iPhone, you can check by going to "Settings", clicking "General" and then "About." If you have a phone running Android, you can check your Android version by going to "Settings" from your home screen and clicking "About phone".
We still want to hear from you! rMove allows for a smartphone-owning adult to provide travel information for one other adult without a compatible smartphone. Otherwise, your household can complete the survey online or by telephone.
Please call the toll-free survey phone number at 1-888-215-8106. You can complete both the recruitment and a one-day travel survey by speaking with an interviewer, who will enter your information into the system.
Llame al número de teléfono gratuito de la encuesta al 1-888-215-8106. Puede completar el reclutamiento y una encuesta de viaje de un día hablando con un encuestador que ingresará su información en el sistema.
Before your travel date, you will receive an email with information on how to download and activate rMove. Once installed and running properly, rMove will log your travel. A few minutes after you stop traveling, rMove will create a trip survey to ask for details such as how and why you traveled. You will also be asked a few questions at the end of each day. You can answer these surveys any time during the day, but please do not answer the questions on rMove while driving!
We ask that you download the rMove app before your household's assigned travel date. The app will automatically begin collecting trip data on your travel date (the first day of your "travel period"), and will automatically stop collecting data after seven days (the last day of your "travel period"). Once you complete all the surveys listed by rMove, you can uninstall the app from your phone.
We ask that adults in the household report when children travel with them (these trips are recorded on the adult's smartphone). We also ask that an adult report any additional trips a child makes that is not recorded by the app (such as riding the bus to school). It is very important that all travel for all your children are recorded on the project website! Many trips in households with children are made for the children's needs, and so it is critical that all their travel is accounted for.
Once all household participants have answered all surveys for your entire travel period, you have completed the smartphone portion of the study. We will email you after your travel dates are over with final instructions and to provide your gift card.
After developing statistical travel models, those models can test different projects, such as a reconfigured interchange, a road widening, or new transit service. By comparing the congestion before and after the project, TMACOG and ODOT can estimate how much time and money is saved by building the project, and then compare the savings to the project's cost. TMACOG and ODOT use these models to rank projects for TRAC, and regional agencies use this data to prioritize projects as well.
TMACOG and ODOT also use the statistical travel models to estimate how much traffic will want to use roads in the future, so when a project is being designed, the right number of lanes, the right length of turn lanes, and the appropriate pavement depth can be planned. Models are also used to estimate pollution from vehicles to ensure that TMACOG and ODOT conform to air quality regulations.
The information collected in the Toledo Moves Transportation Study will help support planning efforts on the statewide level as well as locally. If you wish to find out more about planning activities in the state or region, please visit the TMACOG website and ODOT website.
Toledo Moves is part of a larger Ohio Moves study.