This research investigated the feasibility of using work trip data as the primary source of information to obtain travel patterns for urban transportation planning in small urban areas. Data was collected from four soruces in Lafayette - West Lafayette (Indiana) SMSA: (1) the Greater Lafayette Area Transportation and Development Study's home-interview origin-destination survey; (2) an employee survey; (3) the Lafayette city directory; and (4) Bureau of the Census 1970 Urban Transportation Planning Package. Chi-square test and simple analysis of variance techniques were used in comparing the resultant trip tables from the latter three sources against those from the home-interview. In addition to traffic zone to traffic zone trip tables, traffic zone to census tract tables were also compared. It was found that there were significant statistical differences in all comparisons. However, the differences did not appear to be of practical importance between the census and the home-interview patterns. It was also concluded that the directory pattern showed significant statistical and practical differences from the home- interview pattern. Although the employee survey pattern showed statistical differences, it was not clear that these differences would be truly practical differences in transportation planning for small cities. Further research is recommended in the form of another comparative survey with more comprehensive sampling and data collection techniques.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Purdue University/Indiana Department of Transportation JHRP

    Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907-1284
  • Authors:
    • LAW, W K
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 249 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: JHRP-75-23 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: Part 1)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM