2023-2024 RTC Regional Travel Characteristics Study

The region has undergone significant changes in population and employment, and strong growth is expected to continue. Moreover, the pandemic has altered travel patterns, with more workers opting to work from home. As a result, updated travel behavior data is required to more accurately reflect current conditions.

The aim of the Regional Travel Characteristics Study is to obtain statistically significant and high-quality travel characteristics data for a typical weekday in the model area. This data will be used to update, calibrate, and validate the RTC’s Travel Demand Model for the model base year.

The study will conduct a series of travel surveys in the Reno-Sparks area of Washoe County and a section of Storey County that includes the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center) and the City of Fernley. It will comprise three distinct surveys focused on:

  • The travel characteristics of households
  • Travel characteristics related to transit ridership
  • Visitor travel patterns