Public Transit Rider Origin–Destination Survey Methods and Technologies

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literature review - literature review, planning - surveys, technology - passenger information


Administration and Management, Data and Information Technology, Planning and Forecasting, Public transportation


TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 138: Public Transit Rider Origin–Destination Survey Methods and Technologies captures the state of the practice among agencies of different sizes, geographic locations, and modes and evaluates the opportunities for and challenges of conducting surveys in an era of emerging technologies.

The report presents the reality and complexity of conducting origin–destination surveys and will allow agencies to compare what they are currently doing with what others are doing, get ideas about what other strategies are possible, and make better decisions about surveying in the future.

The report includes case examples of five transit systems that present an in-depth analysis of various survey strategies and include two agencies that have leveraged passive data to complement or eliminate origin–destination surveys.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board, Washington, copyright remains with them.