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Chicago Area Transportation Survey (CATS) 1990 Household Travel Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Ghislandi, Anne (Chicago Area Transportation Study)
  • Fijal, Alan (Chicago Area Transportation Study)
  • Christopher, Ed (Chicago Area Transportation Study)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile ownership; automobile use; automobiles; commuting (travel); driving habits; employment; household income; households; public transportation; transportation; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The purpose of the 1990 Chicago Area Transportation Survey (CATS) was to survey households in the area surrounding Chicago to collect information on travel in the area. Respondents were asked to report detailed information regarding their travel, including trip locations, mode of transportation, trip start and end times, trip purpose, and trip activities. Demographic variables include gender, age, employment status, occupation, whether the respondent was a student, and income.
  • Abstract

    The purpose of the Chicago Area Transportation Survey was to provide information suitable for gaining an in-depth understanding of the activity and travel behavior of households and individuals within households. For additional information regarding the purpose of this study, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.
  • Abstract

    Under the scope of the project, the Chicago Area Transportation Study surveyed the region on a county-by-county basis with Chicago Central Business District and the remainder of Chicago being surveyed separately. Starting in 1988, nine separate surveys were planned and conducted over a period of four years. The remaining years of the effort were spent on preparing and packing the final database for public distribution. The survey featured a self-administered mail-back questionnaire. The questionnaire was designed in a manner to allow the results to be adjusted and factored with 1990 census. For further information regarding study design, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.
  • Abstract

    Specifically, the questionnaire collected two types of data: census variables such as the number of persons per household, age, vehicle availability, sex, employment status, occupation and income; and transportation related variables including trip origin and destination, trip purpose, travel time, mode of travel used, vehicle occupancy, and walking distance if transit modes were involved.
  • Methods

    There is one variable in the data file called WGT (Weight). This is the adjustment factor that must be applied to the record to make it reflect the characteristics of the population. Population totals are the product of the Decennial Census Counts. The factors in this field were developed after performing an adjustment to correct for potential bias in the sample.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The response rate for the study was 24 percent.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988 / 1991
    Time period: 1988--1991
  • 1988 / 1991
    Collection date: 1988--1991
Geographic Coverage
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Chicago area households from 1988 to 1991. Smallest Geographic Unit: Latitude/longitude
The sampling frame was residential electric meters (addresses) supplied by Commonwealth Edison. For areas where Commonwealth Edison addresses were not available, residential addresses were obtained from other sources. These included reverse telephone directories and municipal government files. For further information regarding sampling, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, telephone interview

    Originally, the data were comprised of three data files: (1) a Household File, (2) a Person File and (3) a Trip File. These three files were combined into one data file provided to ICPSR.

    For additional information regarding the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) 1990 Survey, please refer to the Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34908 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

Ghislandi, Anne; Fijal, Alan; Christopher, Ed (2013): Chicago Area Transportation Survey (CATS) 1990 Household Travel Survey. Version 1. Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.