This Travel Survey Manual provides transportation planners with guidance for developing and implementing the most common types of travel surveys, including: household travel and activity surveys; vehicle intercept and external station surveys; transit onboard surveys; commercial vehicle surveys; workplace and establishment surveys; special generator, hotel, and visitor surveys; and parking surveys. The manual assumes that the user has recognized the need for newer or different disaggregate modeling data, that the need for survey research of some kind has been defined, and that the user has developed a detailed modeling plan and has a strong understanding of the data requirements for the anticipated models. This manual does not address transportation modeling explicitly. Chapter 1 provides an introduction. Chapter 2 discusses the generic travel survey process. Chapter 3 describes the types of surveys and selecting the proper types of travel surveys. Management and quality control are addressed in Chapter 4, and precision and accuracy in travel surveys in Chapter 5. Chapters 6 through 12 describe, respectively, each of the survey types listed above. The emerging use of new types of survey data is examined in Chapter 13. Chapter 14, the final chapter, discusses geocoding of survey data. Appendices A through K are listed in the Table of Contents, but are not included in this publication.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This manual was prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP). The TMIP is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Transportation (including the FHWA, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Office of the Secretary), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. The manual's appendices are published separately as FHWA-PL-96-030.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Tierney, K
    • Decker, S
    • Proussaloglou, K
    • Rossi, T
    • Ruiter, E
    • McGuckin, N
  • Publication Date: 1996-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 594 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PL-96-029
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 8 1996 12:00AM