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December 1, 2013

COG to study regional travel patterns

Results used for future transportation planning

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As driving preferences are determined, COG will work with the Indiana Department of Transportation if improvements to state highways are deemed necessary or alternative roadwork is needed such as adding center turn lanes, he said.

Bridges said the second component of the study will look at alternative means of transportation.

The study will ask people if they drive to the Indianapolis area alone, about commuter rail options and if they would be willing to ride an express bus service based on length of travel time and cost, he said.

“It’s not just traveling to Indianapolis for work, but also for entertainment and recreation,” Bridges said. “There is an increased integration with Indianapolis with the Madison County region.”

Between 20 and 25 percent of Madison County residents travel to Indianapolis or Hamilton County for work, he said.

Follow Ken de la Bastide @KendelaBastide on Twitter, or call 640-4863.

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