TOD Survey

DART Red and Blue Lines Transit-Oriented Development Residential and Employment Survey

The goal of this survey is to get a general sense of travel behavior, demographics, and location choice preferences of those living, working, or owning/operating a business near Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Red Line and Blue Line rail stations. Your participation will help inform local government decision making on transportation and urban development.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and our planning partners, the Cities of Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson as well as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, want to use this survey to better understand real-world needs and guide future decisions about transit-oriented development (TOD).

Survey responses will remain strictly confidential. This survey is being conducted by National Research Center, Inc. on behalf of NCTCOG. The results of the survey will be summarized into a report available on this website at late 2019/ early 2020.


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Why is this survey being conducted?

This survey is part of a study of 28 station areas along the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Red and Blue Line rail corridors. NCTCOG is partnering with the cities of Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson, as well as DART, to conduct this study as part of the 2016 Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Grant.

This goal of this survey is to better understand trends and patterns in the stated preferences and behaviors of those living and working near the 28 rail stations. Central questions driving this survey include but are not limited to:

  • How important is transit availability on influencing choice of housing or business locations?

  • Does transit availability change travel (including parking) behavior?

  • Do walkable urban design factors play a large role in first/last mile travel with transit?

  • What are some of the key barriers to transit use, including physical or perceptional for those not using transit?

  • To what extent do businesses value transit and encourage employees to use it?

How is this survey funded?

The survey is funded using money from an FTA grant for TOD planning tied specifically to 28 rail stations along the DART Red and Blue Line corridors.

Why were these station areas selected?

The 28 Red and Blue Line stations included in this survey were eligible to be part of the 2016 FTA TOD grant because they were required to be associated with FTA Capital Investment Grant-funded projects at the time of the grant application.

How can I take the survey?

This survey uses random selection. Only those selected and sent the survey by mail or email can take part.

What is the survey selection process?

All employers and households located within 1 mile of the 28 stations were included in a list from which addresses were randomly selected. These employers and households were then sent invitations to complete the survey by mail or online. Responses will be collected during late summer and fall 2019.

When will I hear about the results?

The survey results will be published on the NCTCOG TOD webpage along with the rest of the 2016 FTA TOD Planning Pilot project findings late 2019 or in 2020.

Are you going to sell survey respondent information?

Absolutely not.  All personal information will be kept strictly confidential and WILL NOT be shared or sold.

Where can I learn more about the 2016 FTA TOD Planning Pilot?

More information can be found on our website at