The residents of Gauteng have been urged to participate in and cooperate with the fieldworkers who are conducting a transport survey. About 37 000 households have been selected to participate in this survey, which aims to assist government to plan for future investments in transport infrastructure in the province.
This survey is a follow-up on and an update of the previous survey of 2014, which was coordinated by the province and entailed a consolidation of individual survey datasets from metropolitans and district municipalities.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on a large-scale research project to survey a sample of transport patterns of households in the province.
The survey, which commences on 22 March 2019 (Pilot), is aimed at gathering comprehensive data on the travel behaviour of commuters. This survey provides travel information on Gauteng residents, and the results (data) will be used for transport planning and to measure progress in solving transport challenges. It will provide a snapshot of the perception and travel experiences of residents in the province.
Speaking today at the official launch of the survey in Pretoria, the MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng, Dr Ismail Vadi, said the sample consists of 37 000 households to be interviewed, covering the entire province, incorporating the metropolitan and district municipalities.
“We therefore appeal to the residents of Gauteng to open up their homes to our enumerators to conduct interviews. The survey should not take more than 45 minutes,” he said.
“The broad aim of the Gauteng Household Travel Survey project is to collect continuous detailed information on the travel behaviour of residents in the province,” he continued.
“Understanding travel patterns in the city region, as informed by continuous data collection exercises, is critical to assist with an enhanced understanding of travel behaviour in the province,” said the MEC.
The selected households will be visited by trained field workers from the CSIR. The CSIR fieldworkers will be easily identifiable by visible reflector jackets, bibs and ID cards bearing provincial Department of Roads and Transport and CSIR logos; and they will be carrying a letter from department confirming the survey.
CSIR Executive Director, Dr Bethuel Sehlapelo, says the outcome of the survey will contribute towards improved transport planning and inform future investments in transport infrastructure.
“Travel surveys will continue to be one of the most important ways of scientifically obtaining the critical information needed for transportation planning and decision-making,”says Dr Sehlapelo.