Office of Mayor William Peduto
Make My Trip Count: First Commuter Survey for Pittsburgh Region Will Help Planning for Future
Bus, Car, T, Bike, Foot – How Do YOU Get to Work or School?

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, today announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through October 16, 2015. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.

“Pittsburghers’ commutes are an important part of their daily lives,” said Mayor Peduto. “Whether we’re busing, driving, riding the T, walking or biking, most of us commute twice a day, five times a week – some of us more. As Pittsburgh continues to grow, it’s important that everyone takes the Make My Trip Count commuter survey so that we know how people get into town on a regular basis, which will help us improve our region in the process.”

The Make My Trip Count commuter survey will determine commuter patterns into Downtown, Oakland and the North Shore, and by which transportation modes – bus, car, carpool, T, walking, biking or otherwise. The survey addresses two key questions: Where do commuters travel from and to? Which modes are they using regularly? Respondents also have a chance to provide input about why they commute the way that they do – and the challenges they face. As an additional incentive to complete the survey, respondents who complete both survey parts will be entered into a drawing to win transit passes, sports tickets, museum memberships, university memorabilia and more.  

“This community-wide effort will better enable local leaders, politicians and planners to make short- and long-term improvements to and decisions about our commutes, which could drastically reduce the environmental impacts associated with regional transportation,” said Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Vice President of Innovation at Green Building Alliance. “The Make My Trip Count survey is an opportunity for commuters to contribute to decision-making that affects each of us every day. We want to understand how YOU get to work or school and use that aggregate information to create a more functional, efficient and sustainable Pittsburgh. Please help us make your trip count.”

About Make My Trip Count

Make My Trip Count is a strategic effort to generate up-to-date information about how Pittsburgh region commuters regularly travel to work or school, and to and figure out how those daily trips can be improved. Make My Trip Count is hosted online, by a large number of local employers and community organizations, and in-person at forthcoming locations. The survey is available at www.makemytripcount.org from September 14 through October 16, 2015. Organizations collaborating on Make My Trip Count include the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Bike Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Envision Downtown, Green Building Alliance, Group Against Smog & Pollution, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Port Authority of Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Make My Trip Count is supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

About Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone. One of the oldest regional green building organizations, GBA was founded in 1993, was the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) affiliate and is now a USGBC chapter. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and serving the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, GBA advances its mission through four primary initiatives: Knowledge Network, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and policy and advocacy efforts.  www.go-gba.org.

Contact:

Stephanie Sikora

Communications Director, Green Building Alliance

Office: 412-773-6014; Cell: 570-574-5945

stephanies@gbapgh.org

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