Improving the Quality and Cost Effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection

The objectives of this project are to improve multimodal infrastructure planning and transit service quality by increasing the cost-effectiveness and quality of data from all modes of transportation, including transit, bike, walk, transportation network companies (TNCs), for example Uber and Lyft)), carshare, and bikeshare. This objective is accomplished via the development of a plugin for the OneBusAway mobile app to collect travel data including origin/destination, transfers, trip travel path, and travel time data. The tool can immediately leverage the huge existing user base of OneBusAway (OBA) instead of trying to create a new user base specifically for a dedicated travel behavior data collection app. Key objectives are as follows: (1) Reduce data collection cost per completed trip based the cost of existing data collection efforts used by transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); and (2) Collect travel behavior data from 500 OBA users that opt-in to detailed tracking using OBA- TRACIT.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $147000
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Transit Research

    Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida
    4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Bertini, Robert

  • Principal Investigators:

    Barbeau, Sean

  • Start Date: 20180101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190801
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200131
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659594
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transit Research
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC56, 79063-19
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 7 2018 12:53PM