The purpose of the research was to explore the potential for enhancing the use of on-board transit origin-destination (O-D) surveys as a means of satisfying some of the evolving needs of transit planning. The study was designed to reveal the importance of detailed ridership data by demonstrating the potential uses of O-D survey data, by both the transit operator and other municipal agencies concerned with the provision of public transportation. This research was designed to specifically test three interrelated hypotheses, which were that: (1) transit on-board origin-destination surveys produce data bases which contain a great deal more information useful in, and often essential to, effective short-range transit planning than has been utilized in the past; (2) the unused information contained in disaggregate O-D data can be better extracted and used in short-range planning through the use of an on-line interactive analysis and display system; and (3) a better understanding of the utility and limitations of the data collected in an on-board survey can be achieved by directly involving planners and other data users in the access and analysis of the data, rather than satisfying their information needs through requests to third parties. The report data includes: descriptions of the major aspects of the work, a review of on-board surveys, survey methodologists, data acquired through the surveys, a discussion of difficulties associated with the surveys which impact their use in short-range planning, experiences which were gained, an evaluation of these experiences relative to the use of O-D data by local transportation planners, and finally, a set of conclusions and recommendations as to how transit O-D studies can and should be useful in the future, what types of data access and analysis tools might be useful, and what problems must be addressed with respect to the effective use of this type of data.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Urban Transportation Program
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Shawcroft, R G
    • Gehner, C D
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Pagination: 118 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR-78/1, UMTA-WA-11-0005-79-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM