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Seattle Household Travel Survey Wave 6, 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Kilgren, Neil (Puget Sound Transportation Panel)
  • Decision Data, Inc.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile use; automobiles; carpools; commuting (travel); driving habits; households; public transportation; traffic; transportation; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The Seattle Household Travel Survey Wave 6, 1996 is the sixth wave in a ten-part longitudinal panel survey of the travel patterns of households in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The survey series was initiated in 1989 by the Puget Sound Council of Governments (now known as the Puget Sound Regional Council); wave 6 was conducted during the second and third quarters of 1996. This collection contains the sixth set of panel data for approximately 2,000 households in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Due to various sources of attrition, approximately 20 percent of households needed to be replaced for each survey wave. The survey relied on the willingness of study area residents to (1) provide demographic information about the household, its members, and its vehicles, (2) document all travel for each household member, aged 15 years or older, for an assigned 2-day period, and (3) agree to participate in additional survey waves. After an initial telephone screening, survey participants received mailed travel diaries to aid in documenting travel information for the 2-day assessment period. Respondents were instructed to record their mode of transportation, trip purpose, number of vehicle passengers, departure and arrival times, ride fare, and parking costs. Demographic information for this study includes age, gender, education, employment status, and household income.
  • Abstract

    The panel was undertaken to serve three basic objectives: (1) to be a metropolitan "current population survey" to track changes in employment, work characteristics, household composition, and vehicle availability; (2) to monitor changes in travel behavior and responses to changes in the transportation environment; and (3) to examine changes in attitudes and values as they affect mode choice and travel behavior.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted; however, the dataset contains weight variables "HWGT" (Household weight) and "PWGT" (Person weight) that users may wish to apply for analysis. For additional weighting information, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1996
  • Collection date: 1996
Geographic Coverage
  • Seattle
  • United States
  • Washington
Sampled Universe
Households within the four county Seattle region (King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties). Smallest Geographic Unit: census tract
The panel began with 1,712 households in 1989 and has been maintained at between 1,700 and 1,900. Approximately 20 percent of the households need to be replaced each wave, with attrition largely due to the household moving. For additional information regarding sampling, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, telephone interview

    The deposited study documentation for this wave did not include recruitment and retrieval questionnaires. Due to the lack of questionnaires, ICPSR has not produced question text, and some variable level metadata may be incomplete.

    Users may notice that study documentation refers to the "Puget Sound Transportation Panel." ICPSR has retained the "Seattle Household Travel Survey" title that was provided by the data depositor. No additional information was provided regarding the title discrepancy.

    For additional information on all waves of the Seattle Household Travel Survey, please visit the Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive Web site and the Puget Sound Regional Council 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
  • 34913 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34913.v1

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

Kilgren, Neil; Decision Data, Inc. (2014): Seattle Household Travel Survey Wave 6, 1996. Archival Version. Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.