The CRD is responsible for collecting and distributing the data to all of its partners. The OD Survey provides the most comprehensive level of transportation data for the region and its local municipalities. CRD staff work closely with our partners to provide the level of data they require for their planning and reporting purposes. This includes the creation of custom reports and working closely with academic institutions to apply the data to important transportation research at a local, sub-regional and regional scale.
Many municipalities, BC Transit, BC Ferries, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the South Island Prosperity Project are requesting the 2017 data. This data will inform decision making, reporting and planning for the next five to six years. Collecting this level of data at a municipal or sub-regional level would be cost-prohibitive and would be unlikely to provide the information necessary to inform decisions, particularly origins of travel and the identification of regional travel generators.
The economies of scale of data collection at a regional level provides better value for money for tax payers. Collecting data on a regional scale also recognizes that residents travel across municipalities and electoral area boundaries which requires regional transportation data to inform local origin and destination studies.