Household Travel Survey

About Household Travel Survey and National Household Travel Survey

Every day, transportation planners must make decisions regarding the implementation ‎of various transport projects, whose implications include the expenditure of tens and ‎hundreds of millions of dollars. Each bridge built, tunnel dug, or road paved begins ‎with the examination of profitability that the transportation planners carry out in which ‎they check the financial expediency of the project. Transportation planners actually ‎check if the proposed solution will indeed solve the problem and if its benefit will ‎exceed its cost.‎

For the most part, transportation planners are aided by a transport model that imagines ‎the traffic situation in specific areas during different periods throughout the day. By ‎using this model, the traffic planner can examine the influence of each scenario on ‎traffic. For example: using the model, one can see how graded separation of branches ‎of the junction affects the flow of traffic.‎

In order to create the model and to understand the flow of traffic, the household travel ‎survey is being performed. In this survey, there areas are divided geographically (and ‎sometimes multi-regionally) and for each area, the survey is checking how many ‎people wish to go to that region and how many people are going out from there and to ‎where.‎

How is the household travel survey carried out?‎

The household travel survey is a survey that is performed for all members of the ‎household. In principle, the surveyor will come to each household twice – the first time ‎in order to interview its members and to collect demographic characteristics, such as: ‎ages, education, workplace, income level, socioeconomic status, etc. In this meeting ‎the surveyor will bring the GPS devices which the household members must take ‎around with them for an entire day. After bringing along these GPS devices for a whole ‎day, the surveyor will come again in order to upload the information from the GPS ‎device to the computer. After uploading the GPS data he will be able to view the route ‎of each member of the household in his computer. The software arranges the surveyed ‎route and cuts it into trips and activities.‎

For each trip and activity in the travel log of the surveyed, the surveyor must clarify a ‎number of details, such as: the trip’s purpose, if there were companions along for the ‎ride, in which vehicle was the trip undertaken, how long did the surveyed stay at his ‎destination, if he searched for parking, etc.‎In addition, the surveyor will clarify what means of transportation the surveyed used, ‎following are some of the options:‎Walking, private car driver, private car passenger, taxi, bus, school bus, bicycle etc.


Household Travel Survey using Pristo

Pristo is one of the most advanced systems for creating, managing and monitoring complex surveys. It provides a complete solution for performing surveys – from an interface for the preparation of the questionnaire forms, dynamic reports, control panel, work plan management interfaces and more.

Pristo was built with the intent of creating a unified and simple interface for conducting complex surveys and household travel surveys. Pristo has been developed as a result of years of experience carrying out surveys working with numerous surveys systems and GPS tracking systems.

Pristo is being used today in multiple cities in Israel and Uganda.

For more information and detailed overview of Pristo please feel free to contact us.