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Why do people travel? Where are people going? How do people travel? These are some of the questions that are key to understanding the transportation patterns and travel needs of people in our region. While computer modeling and other technologies provide some answers to these questions, the NJTPA conducts surveys to fully understand the patterns and methods of travel by people in our region.
NJTPA primarily uses surveys to help calibrate models, like the travel demand model (
), by incorporating current travel behaviors and patterns. However, surveys are also used for other studies and plans, including NJTPA’s Regional Transportation Plan, to recognize and prepare for the future needs of the region.
The NJTPA normally partners with other regional agencies when conducting surveys. Since travel characteristics change incrementally over many years, these surveys are usually conducted in 10-15 year intervals. The NJTPA has directly participated in the following survey efforts:
The Regional Household Travel Survey (RHTS)
NJTPA partnered with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) to survey 18,965 households in the NY/NJ/CT metropolitan area — 7,574 in the NJTPA region — on their travel behavior and travel patterns. The surveys were conducted between September 2010 to November 2011 on weekdays (excluding holidays and summer travel) and asked about the travel patterns for all members of the household including where they traveled, when they traveled, why they traveled and the mode of travel used (e.g., car, transit, or walk).
The Trans-Hudson Bus and Ferry Surveys
NJTPA partnered with NJ TRANSIT and the Port Authority of NY and NJ to conduct regional bus and ferry surveys. These surveys concentrated mostly on trips from New Jersey to New York City, however passengers on four intra-state bus routes were also surveyed. The bus surveys were conducted in 2012 while the ferry surveys were conducted in 2013. Riders were asked about their travel behaviors including the start and end points of their trip, the purpose of their trip and the frequency of their trip.
NJTPA also assists other survey efforts in the region conducted by partner agencies. For example, NJTPA has participated in advisory committees such as
for NYMTC’s establishment survey
, which is surveying business establishments to gather travel pattern information for different types of businesses, and for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s household survey effort.
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