Collecting transport and travel data in the Pacific Islands: Fiji’s first national household travel survey

Fiji’s first national Household Travel Survey (HTS) was conducted in 2015 with a representative sample across the country. It achieved a response rate of 89%. In designing a methodology for the survey, the key question was whether to work with and apply an accepted standard methodology, or to develop and produce a bespoke methodology specifically for Fiji. This paper describes the methodology used in the Fiji HTS; how a face-to-face survey method with memory joggers was adapted and proved well suited to the Fiji context. It outlines the main considerations in developing the survey methodology including: the differences in activity patterns of those living in rural areas; the task of developing a workable sampling structure; how to recruit households in the absence of an address resource; and how to geocode stop locations. It comments on the most significant data collection challenges including low levels of reported travel and respondents with multiple homes. It also shows the importance of defining an out-of-home activity as a destination in community situations – something which could be equally applicable to travel in situations such as within retirement villages in Australia. It concludes with presentation of the headline results and commentary on the value of this knowledge to transport planning in Fiji. It is expected that the survey will be repeated for the next two years.

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  • Accession Number: 01638130
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2017 10:56AM