Design and Implementation of a Method for the Synthesis of Travel Diary Data

Relating traffic-induced problems to individual trip context and individual persons is an important weakness of current transport planning practice. This thesis provides a tool that decomposes traffic flow into all of its individual trips, relating these trips to the living situation of the people who perform them and their motivations to make the trips, and gives a full specification of the trip-pattern of which the trips are part. The author proposes the synthesis of travel diary data as the first step in this process. The data synthesis is accomplished by a micro-simulation approach, focusing on the key aspect of trip destination choice. The thesis includes three case studies from the Netherlands of varying scale and level of complexity as applications of this micro-simulation approach. The author concludes that the synthesis method serves as a useful extension to the collection of travel diary data. The study includes seven appendices: an algorithm for the generation of synthetic populations; the calibration of synthetic population generation vectors; observed interregional train trips 1995-2004; the population cluster scheme of the case study from Southern Overijssel; an algorithm for cleaning up travel diary databases; an algorithm for creating travel cost matrices; and attractiveness estimates by case study from Southern Overijssl. The thesis also includes a glossary of terms, a list of abbreviations, an index of symbols, and a bibliography.

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    Netherlands TRAIL Research School

    P.O. Box 5017
    Delft,   Netherlands  2600 GA
  • Authors:
    • Kager, Roland
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 268p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9055840769
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Trail Thesis Series T2005/11
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2007 10:25PM