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Seattle Household Travel Survey Wave 7, 1997

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; public transportation; traffic; transportation; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The Seattle Household Travel Survey Wave 7, 1997, is the seventh wave in a ten-part longitudinal panel survey initiated by the Puget Sound Council of Governments (now known as the Puget Sound Regional Council) to assess the travel patterns of households in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. This collection contains the seventh set of panel data for approximately 1,700 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 contain weight variables "HWGT" (Household weight) and "PWGT" (Person weight) that may be used in data analysis. For additional information on weights, please see the study documentation included with this release.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1997
  • Collection date: 1997
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
For information on sampling, please see the "Sample Stratification" section of the Household Travel Panel documentation included with this release.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, telephone interview

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

    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
  • 34914 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34914.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 7, 1997. Archival Version. Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.