Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive

Urban Transportation Monitor … Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive Available as Off-Site Archive: Can Curb Loss of Valuable Data; Needs Additional Financial Support
The Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive, which I manage and is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, recently got some press, an article in the Urban Transportation Monitor. Links below.

Copy of Article in Urban Transportation Monitor (PDF)

Urban Transportation Monitor website

Survey Archive


Readers may be aware that one of my projects is to archive all of the travel surveys (which typically include one day travel/activity diaries) ever conducted in the United States (as part of the Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive), and that I have used those surveys for studies of time use. Today my wife got a call from the Bureau of the Census about her Time Use yesterday. Since this was an unprompted recall based survey, it wound up being relayed to the survey-taker in approximately reverse chronological order. This follows on my experience last year and this as part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment and hours worked surveys.

The surveyor has become the surveyed.

Manitoba or Manhattan

Manitoba or Manhattan
The Access to Destinations Conference, which I helped organize was just completed. It brought together 30 researchers from 5 continents to discuss the theory and practice of questions related to Accessibility. Accessibility is a measure of the ease of reaching destinations, and is contrasted with mobility, which simply measures the ease of use of the network. Accessibility and congestion and related phenomena, but not identical. The ability to move faster on the network generally improves both accessibility and congestion. However, accessibility accounts for land use, while mobility measures don’t. Manitoba is an example of a place with no congestion, and very low accessibility. Manhattan, on the other hand, has a great deal of congestion and a slow network, but also a great deal of accessibilty, many places can be reached in a very short time.

A book with the proceedings should be out in 2005.

Article in Minnesota Daily – November 9, 2004

Conference Program

Paper: Accessibility and the Journey to Work

Paper: Perspectives on Efficiency in Transportation