Title An innovative survey design to understand sustainable travel behaviors -potential of a rolling sample survey to replace traditional household travel surveys

This project proposes an innovative survey with rolling samples to address a major fiscal challenge faced by many metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). Faced with a small, but continuous budget, MPOs are increasingly unable to continue the current survey practice: conducting a large survey every 10 years. A rolling sample design also has other benefits over the current practice. Yet, for its implementation in household travel surveys, many questions exist. Some are technical issues while others are cost and procedural-related. The primary purpose of this project is to understand these issues and provide recommendations for a future household travel survey with rolling samples. It is also expected that a rolling sample design can help us understand travel behavior better for the purpose of vehicle miles of travel (VMT) reduction. By sampling participants living in very different neighborhoods, it can help us devise better VMT reduction strategies. The second purpose of this project is to assess the potential of a rolling sample design in addressing the potential of land use and infrastructure related strategies for VMT reduction. The project proposes to take a three-pronged approach: an extensive review of the relevant issues, a pilot data collection effort with a survey with rolling enrollment, and the analysis of the survey administration process as well as the data collected. The research will help transportation planners and analysts to proactively reposition their service in light of the changing budgetary environment by developing a new approach to travel surveys based on small samples but continuous enrollment. This new approach is also more consistent with the recent changes in data collection methods used by the US Census Bureau. The proposed research will also enable researchers to gain a much better understanding of the potential of designing a new methodology for empirical examinations of the effects of built environments on transportation outcomes based on data collected from continuous enrollment.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $239879.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chen, Cynthia

    Shen, Qing

    Kang, Hejun

    Moudon, Anne

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Idaho, Moscow

    Department of Civil Engineering
    875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
    Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Cynthia

  • Start Date: 20120616
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141006
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32293

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01539930
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC10
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2014 1:00AM