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MTA Origin-Destination Surveys

  • MTA Long Island Rail Road Origin-Destination Survey

    The MTA is allowing access to the Final Dataset, Data Dictionary, and Final Report for the Long Island Rail Road's most recent Origin and Destination Survey. This survey was conducted in 2012-2014 and involved passenger counts on board all LIRR trains operated at the time, as well as travel and demographic information provided by LIRR customers by way of self-reported surveys distributed on all westbound LIRR trains. We received over 119,000 responses, representing a response rate of about 48% of LIRR's ridership at the time. All records included in the dataset are anonymous and any confidential data, such as names and addresses, have been removed. In addition, all coordinates (latitude and longitude) of respondents' origins and/or destinations have been removed, leaving only the city, state and zip codes for use in analysis. The Final Report explains in great detail the survey methodology, field effort, data processing and expansion, challenges, and overall conclusions and results.

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  • MTA New York City Travel Surveys

    MTA Planning is allowing access to the reports, datasets and data dictionaries for the New York City Travel Surveys conducted in 2008 and in 2018. The goal of these surveys was to collect data on travel origins and destinations, trip purposes, and travel characteristics of New York City residents with the aim of upgrading the MTA's travel forecasting tools, and gaining a better understanding of how people travel.

    • In 2008, the survey was conducted via telephone or mailout/mailback survey among a random sample of New York City residents. Respondents were asked to recount their travels for a 24-hour period, regardless of what mode was used. Upon completion, data for more than 13,000 households was gathered; resulting in over 42,000 linked trips, of which approximately 21,000 were linked transit trips.
    • In 2018, the survey was conducted via smartphone app, online, or by phone.  New York City residents were recruited using a random address-based sample, an MTA customer e-mail list, targeted intercept surveys, and social media.  Upon completion, the survey collected data from over 14,500 households throughout the five boroughs, resulting in over 66,000 unlinked transit trips. This survey effort was the first time that the MTA used a smartphone-based GPS app to record people’s travel information and respondents had the option of providing more than one day’s travel characteristics.

    All records included in these datasets are anonymous and all coordinates (latitude and longitude) of respondents' home, school or work origins and/or destinations have been removed, leaving city, state, zip code, PUMA, TAZ and Census Tract information for use in analysis. We are providing the Person, Household, Day (2018) and Trip files, as well as the Final Reports and appendices, which provide much more information about the survey methodology, challenges, logistical issues, and overall conclusions and results.

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  • Metro-North Origin-Destination Surveys

    In an effort to share data about MTA services and customers, MTA Planning is allowing access to our Origin and Destination Survey datasets and dictionaries for the two Metro-North Surveys. The first, covering the East of Hudson Service Territory, was conducted in 2007, and a second one was conducted in 2017, with questionnaires offered to every customer on board each inbound MNR train that was in operation at the time. We received over 90,000 completed questionnaires in 2007 (representing about 45% of MNR's ridership at the time), and over 83,000 completed questionnaires in 2017 (about 39% of ridership). In addition, customers using West of Hudson lines were surveyed in 2017, and the dataset and final report are available here as well. All records included in these datasets are anonymous and any confidential data, such as names and addresses, have been removed. In addition, all coordinates (latitude and longitude) of respondents' home origins and/or destinations have been removed, leaving only the city, state and zip codes for use in analysis. We are also providing the Final Reports for both surveys, which explains in great detail the survey methodology, field effort, data processing and expansion, challenges, and overall conclusions and results.

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