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Atlanta Household Travel Survey, 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Levinson, David (University of Minnesota)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Transportation. Federal Transit Administration
Free Keywords
automobile use; automobiles; carpools; commuting (travel); driving habits; public transportation; traffic; transportation; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The Atlanta Household Travel Survey sampled 8,069 households in the thirteen-county metropolitan Atlanta region. The survey relied on the willingness of area residents to complete diary records of all travel for a 48-hour period. Household recruitment for the study was conducted through the use of a recruitment interview, in which respondents were informed of the survey, its purpose, and the obligation of all household members to complete the survey. The 8,069 participating households, when weighted, represent 21,323 persons, 14,449 vehicles, and 126,127 places visited during the 48-hour travel period. Data were collected on trip generation, trip distribution, modal choice, transit use, neighborhood preferences, and trip activities. Household data includes demographic information such as household size, household vehicles, dwelling type, home ownership status, tenure, and computer ownership. Also included are summary statistics regarding the number of workers, students, and trips made during the 48-hour travel period. Person data includes demographic information about the household members, student data, employment data for first and second jobs, and health related information.
  • Abstract

    The objective of the household travel survey was to collect information on work and non-work travel behavior. This includes trip generation, trip distribution, and modal choice data as well as data on transit use, neighborhood preferences, health and activity.
  • Methods

    The Atlanta Household Travel Survey utilizes both weighting and expansion factors to (1) adjust the sample data to match population parameters, and (2) expand trip information to all households in the survey area. This includes the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale. For additional information on weights, please see the "Weighting and Expansion" section of the Final Report.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The response rate was calculated for recruitment, and for retrieval. The overall response rate was determined by multiplying the two resultant rates. The recruitment rate for this study was 44.8 percent, the retrieval rate was 67.8 percent, and the overall response rate was 30.4 percent.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2001-04 / 2002-04
    Time period: 2001-04--2002-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All households within the 13-county region of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Smallest Geographic Unit: county
The sample for the Atlanta Household Travel Survey is intended to optimize the production of data with sufficient observations for all relevant levels in three variables: net residential density level (NRDL), household size, and household income. The survey employed a list assisted random digit dial design with a probability sample selection process that selected households for inclusion in the study. The major requirement for probability samples was that the relative probability (or chance) of any given household in the universe being included in the sample was known. Once the sampling procedure was determined, the selection of specific households for inclusion in the sample was left entirely to chance. The sample included both listed and unlisted households. The definition of a completed household was one in which travel and activity data were collected from all household members age five and older. A total of 8,069 households met this criterion. The type of probability sampling employed was stratified sampling in which the sample goal was to have 20 percent of the sample in each of the five preset NRDL categories. Current income data was unknown at the time of the study and the relationship between NRDL and household size was unknown, hence these two variables were not used to stratify the sample. Overall sample goals for the Atlanta Household Travel Survey include the following: (1) Inclusion of high density areas; (2) County level representation; (3) Low income representation; and (4) Minority representation.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), mail questionnaire

    This collection has not been processed by ICPSR. The deposited files are being released as they were received from the Principal Investigator.

    For additional information regarding the Atlanta Household Travel Survey, please visit the Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive Web site.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34389 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34389.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Levinson, David (2014): Atlanta Household Travel Survey, 2001. Archival Version. Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.