Travel surveys provide information on travel behavior characteristics that are essential for travel demand modeling and transportation planning in general.

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2010/2011 Regional Household Travel Survey (RHTS)

From the fall of 2010 through the fall of 2011, travel data was collected from nearly 19,000 households across 28 counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, providing key travel statistics for the region to help in the planning of future transportation investments. The purpose of the 2010/2011 Regional Household Travel Survey was to obtain household travel data for the 2012 base year of NYMTC’s travel demand model, the New York Best Practice Model (NYBPM).

The federally-funded survey was sponsored by the region’s metropolitan planning organizations, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), in conjunction with the planning agencies representing Connecticut, and Orange and Dutchess counties. In addition to English, the survey was made available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian.

In total, 143,925 linked trips were derived from 18,965 households and 43,558 participants, including a sub–sample of 1,930 households whose members provided travel data using wearable global positioning system (GPS) devices. The GPS sample was used to assess the magnitude and pattern of under-reporting of travel in the diary-based portion of the survey, and estimate correction factors that can be applied to more fully account for travel in the full sample.

UTRC Workshop-Household Travel Surveys

On January 9-10, 2008 NYMTC and UTRC held a workshop on Contemporary Issues in Household Travel Survey Design and Management. This workshop included speakers from Washington D.C., Portland, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle. As NYMTC prepares for the upcoming Regional Household Travel Survey, the workshop helped to inform NYMTC members and partners of the key issues in household travel surveys.

GPS Pilot Project

The 2007/2008 GPS Pilot Project examined whether incorporating Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies into the NYMTC Household Travel Survey efforts provided a cost-effective person-based strategy for collecting both passive and active travel behavior data.

1997/98 Regional Travel Household Interview Survey

The 1997/1998 Regional Travel Household Interview Survey (RT-HIS) (updated using 2000 Census information) was conducted by NYMTC to record daily travel activities in the New York Metropolitan Area. The purpose of the survey was to gather information suitable for gaining an in-depth understanding of the travel behavior of households including individuals within households, their travel activities, demographics and other factors that affect travel in the New York Metropolitan Area. The survey provides estimates for a range of travel measures used in transportation planning analysis for the NYMTC region and it was used for the development of NYMTC’s Best Practice Model.

National Household Travel Survey

The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS formerly NPTS), is the nation’s inventory of daily and long-distance travel. The NHTS provides vital data on American passenger travel and is used to examine the relationship between social demographic change, land development patterns, and transportation. The 2009 NHTS collected information similar to surveys conducted in 1969, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1995 and 2001 and sampled approximately 150,000 households across the country. 16,165 households were included from New York State to enhance the national survey and provide a detailed summarization of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). For more information on the 1995, 2001 and 2009 New York State add-on visit NYSDOT | National Household Travel Survey.
Census Transportation Planning Package

The Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) provides organizations with accurate and comprehensive data to make informed decisions. CTPP contains tabulations of households, individuals, and employment and worker data and summarizes the information by place of residence, by place of work, and for worker-flows between home and work. Transportation planners use CTPP data to: Evaluate existing conditions, Develop or update travel demand models, and Analyze demographic and travel trends.

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