Travel Behavior

Driving, using public transportation, walking, and riding a bicycle to conduct daily activities affect traffic congestion and health. Westat’s Center for Transportation, Technology & Safety Research employs web-based and telephone surveys, smartphone apps, GPS loggers, and accelerometers to collect data that describe current travel patterns and build models that predict future travel patterns.

Project Highlights

Finding new sources of travel data

Traditional traffic surveys are expensive and can disrupt travelers and traffic flow. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is interested in evaluating new methods for collecting travel data in...

Finding the road to health in Tennessee

How do your travel habits affect your health? What impact does transportation have on your community? City planners in Tennessee are beginning to pay more attention to these questions,...

How do people and goods move about in Michigan?

Transportation experts at all levels of government must routinely assess people’s transportation behaviors, including how supplies are transported, to help them plan for future transportation infrastructure needs. To support...

Measuring traffic data quality in real time

Radio broadcasters provide traffic information for listeners and subscribers, including how fast the traffic is moving, where accidents have occurred, updates on road construction, and more. Where does all...

Understanding national travel behaviors

Understanding how, when, and why residents of the U.S. move from place to place throughout a typical day is key for the FHWA, state departments of transportation, regional metropolitan...

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