Westat to Support the Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey

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National survey to measure how, where and why people travel.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has selected Westat to help it understand how the nation’s residents travel. The 2015 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) will measure how, where and why people travel and help planners and policymakers examine trends and identify transportation system needs. Westat has supported the NHTS since 2001. Among the results of the 2009 NHTS are that Americans take 1.1 billion trips and travel 11 billion miles every day, and the average driver spends almost an hour a day behind the wheel.

The year-long NHTS and its supplementary state or regional surveys will collect one day of travel data from approximately 80,000 randomly selected households. The 2015 survey will use mail, web and telephone data collection and employ address-based sampling, rather than the traditional random digit dialing approach, pioneered by Westat and used in previous surveys. Westat will augment data collection using global positioning system (GPS) devices if FHWA selects that option.

In addition to the previous 2001 and 2009 NHTS, Westat has conducted several regional household travel surveys in recent years. These include surveys in the Washington, DC; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; Southern New Jersey; Albuquerque, NM; and Fairbanks, AK metropolitan areas. Westat is also currently conducting household travel surveys in Las Vegas, NV; Detroit, MI; and statewide in Michigan. Additional information on Westat’s capabilities and project portfolio are available at http://www.westat.com.

About the National Household Travel Survey (http://nhts.ornl.gov/)
The NHTS is the nation’s inventory of personal travel with a comprehensive scope that encompasses all modes of transportation, all trip purposes, and all trip lengths. Since 1969, the survey has been conducted periodically to assess mobility and measure the use of transportation systems of the American public. The survey has continued to collect trip-related data, such as mode, duration, distance, and purpose, and links this travel-related information to U.S. household demographic, geographic, economic, health, and environmental data.

About Westat (http://www.westat.com)
Westat is one of the leading research and statistical survey organizations in the United States. Since 1963, Westat has provided statistical and evaluation research services to Federal and state government agencies and other organizations in the fields of health, education, social services, transportation, housing, the environment and other subjects.

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