LICENSE PLATE TRAFFIC SURVEY

THE RESULTS ARE DESCRIBED OF A LICENSE PLATE, ORIGIN- DESTINATION TRAFFIC SURVEY CONDUCTED IN THE AREA OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, ON JANUARY 13 AND 14, 1968. DURING THE SURVEY, VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS WERE RECORDED AT FOUR HIGHWAY STATION. A COMPUTER SEARCH DETERMINED THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF VEHICLE OWNERS. MAIL QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO 4,910 VEHICLE OWNERS REQUESTING INFORMATION ON THESE TRIPS. BACKGROUND INFORMATION, OPERATING PROCEDURES DURING THE SURVEY, RESULTS OF THE SURVEY AND CONCLUSIONS ARE PRESENTED. THE PILOT STUDY INDICATES THAT THE LICENSE PLATE TRAFFIC SURVEY IS A FEASIBLE METHOD OF OBTAINING TRAVEL CHARACTERISTICS OF MOTORISTS. THE METHOD OF RECORDING LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS DEPENDS UPON SPECIFIC CONDITIONS. WHERE VEHICLE VOLUMES AND SPEEDS ARE HIGH, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCEDURE APPEARS TO BE THE BEST. THE SURVEY REQUIRES A RAPID AND INEXPENSIVE METHOD OF LOOKING UP VEHICLE OWNERS' NAMES AND ADDRESSES. THIS IS PRACTICAL ONLY IN THOSE STATES WITH AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE REGISTRATION FILE. IT APPEARS THAT LICENSE PLATE SURVEYS HAVE POTENTIAL IN OTHER TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION STUDIES BECAUSE A MAILING ADDRESS IS PROVIDED FOR EACH VEHICLE OBSERVED AT ANY LOCATION. QUESTIONNAIRES COULD BE SENT TO A SMALL SAMPLE OF VEHICLE OWNERS OBSERVED AT PARKING LOTS AND SHOPPING CENTERS, BUSINESS DISTRICTS, OR RECREATIONAL AREAS, TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON TRIP PURPOSE, VEHICLE OCCUPANCY, AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS.

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  • Authors:
    • McCann, Howard
    • Maring, Gary
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 68-78
  • Monograph Title: Improvements in the transportation planning process
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  • Accession Number: 00227954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 9 1970 12:00AM