What Is CVTS?
The Collaborative Visitor Transportation Survey (CVTS) is a multi-agency effort to obtain a Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) generic clearance to streamline data collection, making user feedback a more feasible part of transportation planning. This effort is led by FHWA’s Western Federal Lands Highway Division and is supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center. FLMAs that have played a key role in the development of the CVTS include: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Who Can Utilize the Generic Clearance?
Any FLMA may utilize this generic clearance.
What Steps Are Involved in Using the Generic Clearance?
First, read the CVTS Supporting Statement A and Supporting Statement B to understand if your information collection falls within the purview of the CVTS generic clearance. If yes, you can submit your information collection under CVTS generic clearance 0596-0236. Some general guidelines:
- Complete the Justification Form that must accompany all OMB submissions (this describes the methodology, reporting plan and other details of your specific data collection effort).
- Utilize the OMB-approved Federal Land Management Agencies’ Compendium of Questions when designing your survey instrument.
- Follow the OMB submission instructions provided in the CVTS Guidance and Instructions document (e.g., all surveys must be submitted to OMB via the Forest Service).
What Data Collection Efforts Have Utilized the Generic Clearance?
- Alaska: The BLM, USFS, USFWS, and the NPS collaborated on a statewide survey to measure visitor experience performance metrics. Findings from the user surveys (including an on-site intercept and a follow-up online survey) will be incorporated in the Alaska LRTP.
- White Mountain National Forest (WMNF): The USFS collected information across a number of sites to evaluate and improve visitor transportation and recreation management for the WMNF.
- Beaver Lake: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gathered information on user experiences, perceptions, and preferences in regards to crowding and transportation safety. Results were used in the update of the Beaver Lake Master Plan and Shoreline Management Plan.
- Millennial & Baby Boomer Mobility Preferences: U.S. Fish and Wildlife administered this survey to understand Millennial and Baby Boomer interests and preferences with regards to accessing and circulating within FWS units in three western states – California, Colorado, and Texas.
For a complete list of Information Collections, see the Inventory of CVTS Information Collections.
How Are CVTS Data Being Managed?
All CVTS data are being managed at sciencebase.gov, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data repository. Archiving the CVTS data in a central repository provides a valuable opportunity to perform system-wide analysis of visitors’ transportation-related experiences on Federal Lands. FLMAs utilizing the generic clearance are required to share their survey instrument, dataset, and report with the Volpe Center, who will post the files in the CVTS folder on ScienceBase. Project files (survey instrument, dataset, and final report) should be sent to: CVTS@dot.gov. If you want to access the CVTS data on ScienceBase, please send your request to CVTS@dot.gov.
Cole Grisham, FHWA Western Federal Lands: Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Petrella, The Volpe Center: Margaret.Petrella@dot.gov
Kenli Kim, USDA Forest Service Research and Development: Kenli.Kim@usda.gov