Household Travel Survey

During 2011 and 2012, the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) conducted a survey of 4,800 households in 14 communities in the Washington region to gather updated information on area travel patterns. This data will help guide future transportation planning as the area continues to grow and assist local governments in determining which transportation improvements will benefit their citizens the most. The Washington region is among the fastest growing areas in the country. With more jobs and people coming to the area all the time, the impacts on our burdened highway and public transportation systems are felt by all of us.

The seven communities surveyed in 2012 were:

  • Friendship Heights in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland
  • New York Avenue Corridor in the District of Columbia
  • St. Charles Urbanized Area in Charles County, Maryland
  • National Harbor in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Beauregard Avenue Corridor in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County, Virginia
  • East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metrorail Station areas in Arlington County, the City of Falls Church, and Fairfax County, Virginia
  • The Dulles North Area in Loudoun County, Virginia

2007-2008 Survey

In 2007 and 2008, the TPB conducted a survey of 11,000 households in the Washington region and adjacent areas to gather updated information on area wide travel patterns.

News & Multimedia

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    Pre-Thanksgiving traffic slowdowns reached their worst point Tuesday evening

    December 1, 2016

    TPB traffic researchers looked at how traffic conditions on area roadways played out in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Their analysis points to the...

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    Get ready for traffic to pick back up as part of "September Shock"

    August 30, 2016

    Next week marks the beginning of what area traffic experts have dubbed “September Shock,” the month-long phenomenon in which traffic delays on the region’s...

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    After 42 years, Bob Griffiths is retiring from COG

    June 21, 2016

    On June 17, Bob Griffiths retired from COG after serving the organization and region for 42 years. Over the course of Griffiths’ four-decade rise from intern to...

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    Population up, but area travel holding steady

    April 26, 2016

    One of the most interesting findings from a recent TPB analysis of regional travel trends is that while the area’s population has grown in recent years, travel...

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    Heart of COG: Wenjing Pu

    September 2, 2015

    Wenjing Pu was among the first to use “big data” for transportation research purposes, and he brought this expertise with him when he joined COG as a...

  • News

    Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Expected to Peak on Thursday, Not Friday

    May 19, 2015

    Traffic on Washington area highways ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to reach its worst point on Thursday afternoon, running...

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