Characteristics of Urban Travel Demand

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infrastructure - vehicle, planning - surveys, ridership - commuting, ridership - demand, policy - parking, place - urban


Commuting, Demographics, Parking, Passenger volume, Ridership, Tables (Data), Travel demand, Travel surveys, Travel time, Trip purpose, Trip rates, Trucking, Urban travel, Vehicle miles of travel


This report presents a comprehensive set of data on urban travel demand and constitutes an update of previous editions of the "Characteristics of Urban Travel Demand" published in 1978 and 1988. This is a companion report to two other volumes: the "Characteristics of Urban Transportation Systems" (CUTS), last updated in 1992, and "Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes, Interim Handbook," updated in 2000. These three references taken together are intended to provide a ready resource for information about urban transportation system characteristics. The tables included in this report are organized into chapters for various topics. The chapters subsequent to the introduction include the following: Survey characteristics; Demographic information; Overall trip rates; Modal trip rates; Trip purpose; Time; Truck trip information; Utilization; and Other information. This report will be of interest to transit and transportation planning practitioners, educators, and researchers across a broad spectrum of transit operating agencies; metropolitan planning organizations; local, state, and federal government agencies; and educational institutions.


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