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TransLink wants your help to better plan transit in the Lower Mainland

(Dustin Godfrey, NEWS1130 Photo)

Survey sent to roughly 400,000 households across the region

Transit authority hopes for guidance on how to improve the system

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – From driving to cycling to transit service, TransLink wants to hear from you to help improve the transportation system for both Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The Regional Trip Diary survey has been arriving on doorsteps and it’s one of the key tools used to revamp the way we get around.

Chris Bryan with TransLink says this was last done in 2011 and it inspired many changes. “Anytime we’re increasing bus service or we’re providing funding through the Major Road Network Funding to municipalities to improve roads, anything like bike baths, walking paths — those investments are determined based upon the kind of information we receive from the Trip Diary.”

He explains it’s not just about transit, but overall, how you get around the region. “If you can just take those few minutes to fill this out, it’s going to go a long way to helping us plan the region better.”

Those filling out the survey will be asked for demographic information including age and gender and to detail the kind of trips made by people in the household and on what days. “Once collected, all personal information is aggregated to protect individuals’ privacy, and is used in strict accordance with BC’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.”

Bryan adds this survey is similar to a census and is delivered to more than 400,000 homes around the region.