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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 Survey

    MTA Planning is allowing access to the datasets and data dictionaries for the New York City Travel Survey. The goal of this survey 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. The survey was conducted via telephone and a mailout/mailback survey among a random sample of New York City residents aged 18 and over from May through November 2008. Respondents were asked to recount their travels for a 24-hour period, regardless of what mode was used. Upon completion, data for more than 16,000 residents in over 13,000 households was gathered; their travels resulted in data for 42,900 linked trips, of which approximately 21,000 were linked transit trips. All records included in these datasets are anonymous and all coordinates (latitude and longitude) of respondents' 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, and Trip files (Weekday, Saturday and Sunday), as well as the Final Report, which provides much more information about the survey methodology, challenges, logistical issues, and overall conclusions and results.

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  • Metro-North Origin-Destination Survey

    In an effort to share data about MTA services and customers, MTA Planning is allowing access to our Origin and Destination Survey dataset and dictionary for the Metro-North Survey. This survey was conducted in 2007, with questionnaires offered to every customer on board every inbound MNR train that was in operation at the time. We received over 90,000 completed questionnaires, representing about 45% of MNR's ridership at the time. All records included in this dataset are anonymous and any confidential data, such as names and addresses, has 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. We are also providing the Final Report for this survey, which explains in great detail the survey methodology, field effort, data processing and expansion, challenges, and overall conclusions and results.

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