Using national data to simulate metropolitan area household travel data

Peter R. Stopher, Stephen P. Greaves, Min Xu

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This paper describes the overall approach to simulating household travel survey data, and provides an overview of the results from three metropolitan areas in the United States and two in Australia using the 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey data. The applications we use demonstrate the benefits of the approach that could save substantial amounts of money on data collection. We identify the need for improvement of the approach and propose a new procedure for simulating trip tours and their characteristics, instead of trips. The paper concludes by providing the preliminary findings based on tours as the unit of analysis using the 2001 National Household Travel Survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-95
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Transportation and Statistics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian updating
  • Classification and Regression Trees (C and RT)
  • Household travel survey data
  • Microsimulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Trip tours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Transportation


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