The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), has launched the Virginia Commuter Survey, a statewide effort to gauge COVID-19 impacts to commuting around the Commonwealth. Anyone that works or lives in Virginia is invited to participate. The data will be collected and analyzed by state agencies to assess and determine modifications to transit needs and infrastructure. Survey results will help the state better understand how commuting practices have changed and support ways to identify short- and long-term opportunities and improvements during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
As previously reported, COVID-19 has impacted traffic volumes across the Commonwealth, with potential fiscal impacts to transportation funding. Even as traffic volumes and transit ridership increase towards pre-pandemic levels, it is important to assess if and how commuter patterns have changed and what their potential impact will be on Virginia’s transportation infrastructure and communities.
The survey can be accessed here.
VACo Contact: Jeremy R. Bennett