Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing (The WAIVER IS APPROVED FOR SPR-A FUNDS ONLY...NOT APPROVED FOR SPR-B)

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(398)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1466
Partners: Maricopa Association of Governments, Environmental Protection Agency, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Atlanta Regional Commission, AZDOT, CA, CAMPO, GADOT, HI, MDOT SHA, MI, NC, NY, Oahu MPO, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, VA, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2019
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $4,000,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Daniel Jenkins
daniel.jenkins@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-1067
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Daniel Jenkins
daniel.jenkins@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-1067
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2019 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2020 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2021 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2022 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
Arizona Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Atlanta Regional Commission 2019 $5,000.00 Guy Rousseau Guy Rousseau (470) 378.1565 grousseau@atlantaregional.com
California Department of Transportation 2021 $550,000.00 Huilan Han Ann Mahaney 916-804-2747 ann.mahaney@dot.ca.gov
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) $0.00
Environmental Protection Agency $0.00
Georgia Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation $0.00
Maricopa Association of Governments $0.00
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2020 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 2019 $5,000.00 Kenneth Joh Kenneth Joh (202) 962-3276 kjoh@mwcog.org
Michigan Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $0.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization 2020 $5,000.00 Joel Vincent Joel Vincent (808) 586.2302 joel.vincent@oahumpo.org
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oregon Department of Transportation 2018 $5,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2019 $55,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2021 $0.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Chowdhury Siddiqui Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 David Lee Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $2,980,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Brian Porter Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Since 1969, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been collecting travel behavior data to answer evolving questions related to how, why, when, and where people travel through a probability-based random sampling survey approach under the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) and the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) programs.

The NPTS and NHTS programs have been proven highly successful in delivering the only national, publicly available travel behavior data by providing foundational data and information to the transportation community. Trip rate data and other relevant policy-, program-, and project-related information have enabled broad transportation policy analysis, travel demand forecasting, and policy scenario testing. However, to move these highly successful travel behavior data programs forward is not without significant challenges, such as the following:

• The decline of landline telephone service in American households has been recognized as being detrimental to the time-proven random digit dialing (RDD) sampling survey approach. This decline has forced data collectors to abandon the RDD approach during the 2017 NHTS and instead adopt an address-based sampling method to reach a more representative sample.

• The decline of the public’s participation in surveys has posed another significant challenge. Despite heavy recruiting efforts carried out with the 2017 NHTS, the overall response rate was still below 20 percent. This low participation rate drives up survey costs due to the need for more extensive recruitment efforts, reduces data reliability due to the reduced representativeness of the overall sample, and generates doubts about data representativeness.

Although there has been a decline in active public participation, the good news is that passive transportation data, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation data, vehicle telematics data, location-based service (LBS) data, cellular data, and social media data, are becoming more prevalent and available than ever before, and the resultant data products are more meaningful in explaining travel behavior as we move forward. These developments require current data programs to be re-evaluated, adjusted, and transformed to ensure the relevance, reliability, and affordability of travel behavior data programs.

FHWA has been conducting extensive research in travel behavior data collection under its Exploratory Advanced Research Program to take advantage of advances in technology. These research efforts range from data fusion, to smartphone application deployment, to integrated cellular data utilization. FHWA is committed to developing and deploying the most efficient, economical, and value-added travel behavior data for the Nation, including supporting and collaborating with State transportation departments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local agencies, and other public and private entities to obtain State and local specific data.

Given the challenges and opportunities in collecting travel behavior data, FHWA is launching the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative to establish a continuous travel monitoring program that will provide annual national and local data. The work plan for the next 5 yr is to gather and publish annual national travel behavior data and offer opportunities for States, MPOs, and other entities to obtain agency-specific data.

Objectives

The objectives of the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative are as follows:

1) Establish the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data program to collect, process, estimate, and report national, state and local travel behavior data on an annual basis.

2) Enable and facilitate State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities’ participation in the new local data gathering program with high efficiency and great flexibility.

Scope of Work

(A complete scope of work can be found in the attached Solicitation document.)

The Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative will produce the following three major components of travel behavior data and information:

• Component 1: National travel behavior data.

• Component 2: National origin-destination (OD) data.

• Component 3: State and local data.

FHWA will be financially responsible for data collected and compiled under the framework of components 1 and 2. Component 3 will provide agency-specific data for State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities participating in a pooled fund effort. Each component is described in further detail in the following subsections.

Component 1: National Travel Behavior Data

At the national level, the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative will continue to provide key travel behavior data of the existing NHTS Program as well as data on new and emerging travel trends, such as travel provided by transportation network companies.Such data, including trip-level records, weights, and summaries will be provided annually. As a start, the following data and information will be provided:

• Average trip rate data, including daily person/vehicle trip rate, and average person/vehicle trip length.

• Average trip rate data by trip purpose.

• Person trip modal share.

• Person trip modal share by trip purpose.

• Average trip rate data by gender.

• Average trip rate data by income.

• Average trip rate data by age group.

• Average trip rate data by age group and gender.

• Average trip rate data by time of day.

• National trip rates by urban and rural dimensions.

Component 2: National OD Data

This component will provide annual OD data (i.e., cumulative number of trips for an entire calendar year) at the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and remainder of State levels by travel mode and trip purpose. The data should cover both inter-zonal and intra-zonal trips. More details about this Component can be found in the attached Solicitation document.

Component 3: State and Local Data

This component is reserved for participating State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities to obtain agency-specific data under the framework of Component 1 and Component 2 in the pooled fund program.

FHWA will be financially responsible for Components 1 and 2. For Component 3, participating agencies can purchase additional survey samples and/or more detailed passive data. For example, an agency may desire the geographic resolution to be extended to the traffic analysis zone level for OD information. Sample size can be enhanced in a specific geography, and local specific questions can also be asked. Agencies can tailor participation based on their data needs (with participation time periods linked to annual data products).

Organizations and agencies can also participate in this pooled fund program without executing any actual local data procurements but desire to be kept informed with the latest developments and have an opportunity to contribute to the design decisions. The pooled fund effort plans to have annual workshops and periodic webinars for information sharing and learning opportunities. Agencies can increase their participation to purchase additional data on an annual basis.

Participants in the pooled fund program will benefit from at least the following aspects:

• Having the opportunity to shape the new Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Program and being a part of big data transformation in the travel behavior field.

• Obtaining next generation travel behavior data at the State and local levels that can be applied to transportation modeling, planning, policy, and other areas.

• Gaining nationally consistent data so that data controls and comparisons can be efficiently enabled.

• Accessing the latest data and information, enabling participating agencies and organizations to keep up with the state of practice.

Comments

• The project duration is 5 yr.

• Participation for agencies and organizations that will acquire local data under component 3 will require each participant to pay between $25,000 and $2.5 million per specification per year. (The exact amount of contribution will be determined based on the degree of customization and sample size collected.)

• Participation for agencies and organizations that will not acquire any local data under component 3 will require each participant to pay $5,000 per year.

• All States, MPOs, local agencies, private organizations, and businesses are welcome to participate.

• FHWA expects to receive approval for State Planning and Research Subpart A (planning) fund match waiver for State transportation departments and MPOs.

• A complete description of the pooled fund effort, including details of the three components of deliverables, potential processes and procedures, and performance standards can be found in the attached Solicitation document.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
TPF-5(398) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(398) Acceptance Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
2019 4Q report Next Gen 2019 4Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
2020 2Q Report Next Gen 2020 2Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report July-September 2020 Next Gen 2020 3Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
New Gen NHTS Quarterly Report October-December 2020 Next Gen 2020 4Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report January-March 2021 Next Gen 2021 1Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report July-September 2021 Next Gen 2021 3Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR-A Waiver Approval Letter #1466 SPR-A Waiver Approval Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing (Complete Description) Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing_Final.pdf Solicitation Public

Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing (The WAIVER IS APPROVED FOR SPR-A FUNDS ONLY...NOT APPROVED FOR SPR-B)

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(398)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1466
Partners: Maricopa Association of Governments, Environmental Protection Agency, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Atlanta Regional Commission, AZDOT, CA, CAMPO, GADOT, HI, MDOT SHA, MI, NC, NY, Oahu MPO, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, VA, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2019
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $4,000,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Daniel Jenkins
daniel.jenkins@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-1067
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Daniel Jenkins
daniel.jenkins@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-1067
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2019 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2020 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2021 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2022 $5,000.00 Tara Kelley-Baker Tara Kelley-Baker (202) 639.3412 tkelleybaker@aaafoundation.org
Arizona Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Keith Killough Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Atlanta Regional Commission 2019 $5,000.00 Guy Rousseau Guy Rousseau (470) 378.1565 grousseau@atlantaregional.com
California Department of Transportation 2021 $550,000.00 Huilan Han Ann Mahaney 916-804-2747 ann.mahaney@dot.ca.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Habte Kassa Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2020 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $5,000.00 Lisa Shemer Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 2019 $5,000.00 Kenneth Joh Kenneth Joh (202) 962-3276 kjoh@mwcog.org
Michigan Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Karen Faussett Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $0.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Mark Grainer Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Tae-Gyu Kim Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization 2020 $5,000.00 Joel Vincent Joel Vincent (808) 586.2302 joel.vincent@oahumpo.org
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Rebekah Straub Anderson Andrew Shepler Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Chaney Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oregon Department of Transportation 2018 $5,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2019 $55,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2021 $0.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
Oregon Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Becky Knudson Michael Bufalino 503-986-2845 Michael.Bufalino@odot.state.or.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Chowdhury Siddiqui Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 David Lee Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $2,980,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Peng Xiao Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Brian Porter Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Since 1969, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been collecting travel behavior data to answer evolving questions related to how, why, when, and where people travel through a probability-based random sampling survey approach under the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) and the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) programs.

The NPTS and NHTS programs have been proven highly successful in delivering the only national, publicly available travel behavior data by providing foundational data and information to the transportation community. Trip rate data and other relevant policy-, program-, and project-related information have enabled broad transportation policy analysis, travel demand forecasting, and policy scenario testing. However, to move these highly successful travel behavior data programs forward is not without significant challenges, such as the following:

• The decline of landline telephone service in American households has been recognized as being detrimental to the time-proven random digit dialing (RDD) sampling survey approach. This decline has forced data collectors to abandon the RDD approach during the 2017 NHTS and instead adopt an address-based sampling method to reach a more representative sample.

• The decline of the public’s participation in surveys has posed another significant challenge. Despite heavy recruiting efforts carried out with the 2017 NHTS, the overall response rate was still below 20 percent. This low participation rate drives up survey costs due to the need for more extensive recruitment efforts, reduces data reliability due to the reduced representativeness of the overall sample, and generates doubts about data representativeness.

Although there has been a decline in active public participation, the good news is that passive transportation data, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation data, vehicle telematics data, location-based service (LBS) data, cellular data, and social media data, are becoming more prevalent and available than ever before, and the resultant data products are more meaningful in explaining travel behavior as we move forward. These developments require current data programs to be re-evaluated, adjusted, and transformed to ensure the relevance, reliability, and affordability of travel behavior data programs.

FHWA has been conducting extensive research in travel behavior data collection under its Exploratory Advanced Research Program to take advantage of advances in technology. These research efforts range from data fusion, to smartphone application deployment, to integrated cellular data utilization. FHWA is committed to developing and deploying the most efficient, economical, and value-added travel behavior data for the Nation, including supporting and collaborating with State transportation departments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local agencies, and other public and private entities to obtain State and local specific data.

Given the challenges and opportunities in collecting travel behavior data, FHWA is launching the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative to establish a continuous travel monitoring program that will provide annual national and local data. The work plan for the next 5 yr is to gather and publish annual national travel behavior data and offer opportunities for States, MPOs, and other entities to obtain agency-specific data.

Objectives

The objectives of the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative are as follows:

1) Establish the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data program to collect, process, estimate, and report national, state and local travel behavior data on an annual basis.

2) Enable and facilitate State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities’ participation in the new local data gathering program with high efficiency and great flexibility.

Scope of Work

(A complete scope of work can be found in the attached Solicitation document.)

The Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative will produce the following three major components of travel behavior data and information:

• Component 1: National travel behavior data.

• Component 2: National origin-destination (OD) data.

• Component 3: State and local data.

FHWA will be financially responsible for data collected and compiled under the framework of components 1 and 2. Component 3 will provide agency-specific data for State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities participating in a pooled fund effort. Each component is described in further detail in the following subsections.

Component 1: National Travel Behavior Data

At the national level, the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Initiative will continue to provide key travel behavior data of the existing NHTS Program as well as data on new and emerging travel trends, such as travel provided by transportation network companies.Such data, including trip-level records, weights, and summaries will be provided annually. As a start, the following data and information will be provided:

• Average trip rate data, including daily person/vehicle trip rate, and average person/vehicle trip length.

• Average trip rate data by trip purpose.

• Person trip modal share.

• Person trip modal share by trip purpose.

• Average trip rate data by gender.

• Average trip rate data by income.

• Average trip rate data by age group.

• Average trip rate data by age group and gender.

• Average trip rate data by time of day.

• National trip rates by urban and rural dimensions.

Component 2: National OD Data

This component will provide annual OD data (i.e., cumulative number of trips for an entire calendar year) at the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and remainder of State levels by travel mode and trip purpose. The data should cover both inter-zonal and intra-zonal trips. More details about this Component can be found in the attached Solicitation document.

Component 3: State and Local Data

This component is reserved for participating State transportation departments, MPOs, and other entities to obtain agency-specific data under the framework of Component 1 and Component 2 in the pooled fund program.

FHWA will be financially responsible for Components 1 and 2. For Component 3, participating agencies can purchase additional survey samples and/or more detailed passive data. For example, an agency may desire the geographic resolution to be extended to the traffic analysis zone level for OD information. Sample size can be enhanced in a specific geography, and local specific questions can also be asked. Agencies can tailor participation based on their data needs (with participation time periods linked to annual data products).

Organizations and agencies can also participate in this pooled fund program without executing any actual local data procurements but desire to be kept informed with the latest developments and have an opportunity to contribute to the design decisions. The pooled fund effort plans to have annual workshops and periodic webinars for information sharing and learning opportunities. Agencies can increase their participation to purchase additional data on an annual basis.

Participants in the pooled fund program will benefit from at least the following aspects:

• Having the opportunity to shape the new Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Program and being a part of big data transformation in the travel behavior field.

• Obtaining next generation travel behavior data at the State and local levels that can be applied to transportation modeling, planning, policy, and other areas.

• Gaining nationally consistent data so that data controls and comparisons can be efficiently enabled.

• Accessing the latest data and information, enabling participating agencies and organizations to keep up with the state of practice.

Comments

• The project duration is 5 yr.

• Participation for agencies and organizations that will acquire local data under component 3 will require each participant to pay between $25,000 and $2.5 million per specification per year. (The exact amount of contribution will be determined based on the degree of customization and sample size collected.)

• Participation for agencies and organizations that will not acquire any local data under component 3 will require each participant to pay $5,000 per year.

• All States, MPOs, local agencies, private organizations, and businesses are welcome to participate.

• FHWA expects to receive approval for State Planning and Research Subpart A (planning) fund match waiver for State transportation departments and MPOs.

• A complete description of the pooled fund effort, including details of the three components of deliverables, potential processes and procedures, and performance standards can be found in the attached Solicitation document.

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(398) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(398) Acceptance Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
2019 4Q report Next Gen 2019 4Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
2020 2Q Report Next Gen 2020 2Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report July-September 2020 Next Gen 2020 3Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
New Gen NHTS Quarterly Report October-December 2020 Next Gen 2020 4Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report January-March 2021 Next Gen 2021 1Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Next Gen NHTS Quarterly Report July-September 2021 Next Gen 2021 3Q report.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
SPR-A Waiver Approval Letter #1466 SPR-A Waiver Approval Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing (Complete Description) Moving Forward with the Next Generation Travel Behavior Data Collection and Processing_Final.pdf Solicitation Public

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