Observations from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS)

July 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm



Understanding transit ridership and the characteristics of transit markets is a fundamental necessity for all individuals involved in planning, operating, marketing, and policy decision-making for public transit. The 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data set was released in March of 2018, which affords researchers the ability to assess a range of public transit markets from multiple perspectives such as socio-demographics of transit markets, transit-specific trip characteristics, modal shares, etc. This webinar will review some of the trends of characteristics that affect or describe the public transit market in the U.S. using the NHTS data, while also comparing other datasets like the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, NTD, and APTA data to provide a holistic understanding of public transit in America. The objectives of this research are to afford transportation professionals, policy makers, and the public the data analyses necessary to form sound opinions and make judicious decisions regarding public transit.

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