Battelle will study I-71 commute to improve the drive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — If you travel on interstate 71 every day, the person driving next to you could be making your commute more efficient in the future.

Researchers at Battelle Memorial Institute are in the 2nd stage of a traffic study that is going on in several cities, including here in Columbus.

The group locally is working with both the United States Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. They are collecting data on not only how we travel on the highways locally, but also how we get the data that helps us get to where we are going on time and avoid big delays.

Greg Zink, who is working on the project, said the study will hopefully give people more accurate information about their commute.

“We are using a mobile device to get that info to you, we are using a website, we also have participants that will call into a phone number, like the old 5-1-1 system or Moviefone,” he said.

So participants will be asked for the first two weeks of the study to track their commute. It is as easy as pushing a green start button when you leave the house, and a stop button when you arrive at your destination. When you get there, a quick survey diary about the drive will be requested.

The last two weeks of the study, participants will be asked to enter entrance and exit points along I-71, and the app will give them information about the drive and delays possible.

Again, when participants arrive, they will be asked follow up questions about accuracy of the information, and quality as well.

Greg tells us privacy will be maintained with all user data stripped off from the results. They are still looking for candidates to participate for the study, and they will be giving away iPads to those that complete the four-week study. They say there will be a 1 in 20 chance of winning one. If you travel I-71 every day, and want to help in the study, you can contact the group at ColumbusStudy@ttimail.tamu.edu

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