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INFORMATION ABOUT THE MY35 TRAVELER INFORMATION SURVEY

You are being invited to take part in a research study being conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and asked to read this form so that you know about this research study. The information in this form is provided to help you decide whether or not to take part. If you decide you do not want to participate, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefit you normally would have.

 

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the My35 traveler information available on I-35 between Salado and Hillsboro. 

 

WHY AM I BEING ASKED TO BE IN THIS STUDY?

You are being asked to be in this study because you are a licensed driver aged 18 or older. This study is being sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ASKED TO BE IN THIS STUDY?

Up to 50,000 people will be asked to be in this study.

 

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO BEING IN THIS STUDY?

The alternative is not to participate.

 

WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO IN THIS STUDY?

Your participation in this study will last up to 10 minutes, and will consist of answering 20 survey questions online.

 

ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO ME?

Your participation in this survey carries no more risk than you would come across in everyday life.

 

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS TO ME?

There is no direct benefit to you by being in this study. What the researchers find out from this study may help you and other travelers along the I-35 corridor by helping TxDOT to provide useful traveler information.

 

WILL THERE BE ANY COSTS TO ME?

Aside from your time, there are no costs for taking part in the study.

 

WILL I BE PAID TO BE IN THIS STUDY?

You will not be paid for being in this study.

 

WILL INFORMATION FROM THIS STUDY BE KEPT PRIVATE?

The records of this study will be kept private. Your participation is confidential. No identifiers linking you to this study will be included in any sort of report that might be published. Research records will be stored securely and only Robert Brydia, Laura Higgins, and Michelle Canton of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute will have access to the records.

Information about this study will be stored in locked file cabinet; computer files protected with a password.

 

WHOM CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

You can call the Principal Investigator to tell him/her about a concern or complaint about this research study. The Principal Investigator Robert Brydia can be called at 979-845-8140 or emailed at r-brydia@tti.tamu.edu. You may also contact the Research Assistant, Michelle Canton at 979-847-8724 or m-canton@tti.tamu.edu.

 

For questions about your rights as a research participant; or if you have questions, complaints, or concerns about the research and cannot reach the Principal Investigator or want to talk to someone other than the Investigator, you may call the Texas A&M Human Subjects Protection Program office.

Phone number: (979) 458-4067 
Email: irb@tamu.edu

 

MAY I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT PARTICIPATING?

You have the choice whether or not to be in this research study. You may decide to not begin or to stop the study at any time. If you choose not to be in this study, you will not lose any benefit you normally would have had, and there will be no effect on your relationship with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or the Texas Department of Transportation. You can stop being in this study at any time; you will not lose any benefit you normally would have had, and there will be no effect on your relationship with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

By participating in the survey, you are giving permission for the investigator to use your information for research purposes. By selecting "Yes" below, you are stating that you are 18 years of age or older and that you wish to continue to the survey questions.

 

Thank you.

 

Robert Brydia, Texas A&M Transportation Institute