Task Force on Understanding New Directions for the NHTS (ABJ45T)

Task Force Meeting Agenda

Task Force Meeting

Marriott Marquis, Liberty O (M4)

Tuesday (Jan 9) 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

ABJ45T Sponsored Sessions

  • Lectern Session 336 – The 2017 National Household Travel Survey: What’s in It and What Users Can Expect
  • Lectern Session 403 – User Demand and Data Supply: Big Data and Travel Behavior
  • Lectern Session 738 – Freight Versus Life? How to Collect and Differentiate Freight Data and Household Travel Data in an Age of E-Commerce (Co-Sponsor)


Session 336: The 2017 National Household Travel Survey: What’s in It and What Users Can Expect

Monday (Jan 8) 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Convention Center, 151A

The 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) is the eight iteration of an inventory of the nation’s travel. This data collection was completed in April 2017, and in this session we will discuss the data collection, cleaning, and weighting process; benchmarking the data; effects of methodological changes on travel trends; and a summary of the add-on experience.

  • Introduction to the 2017 NHTS
    • Daniel Jenkins, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • The 2017 NHTS: Creating the Data Files
    • Janice Machado, WESTAT, Inc.
  • The 2017 NHTS: Method Effects and Changes in Travel
    • Nancy McGuckin, Travel Behavior Associates
  • The 2017 NHTS: The Add-on Experience
    • Stacey Bricka, MacroSys Research and Technology


Session 403: User Demand and Data Supply: Big Data and Travel Behavior

Monday (Jan 8) 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Convention Center, 151A

Household travel surveys provide data that are small in sample size but rich in terms of providing context and travel behavior information. Passive data like cell phones and GPS provide data that have huge samples but are poor in providing contextual information about travel behavior. In this session we will first have users define their needs and expectations from household travel survey data and then big data providers will talk about how they are enhancing their products to provide this contextual information. The intent of this session is to provide further direction to the travel behavior and data communities about setting a framework for cost-effective, rich, and efficient data collection.

The first half of the session will focus on short (five) minute presentations. The second half will be a roundtable discussion with audience participation encouraged.

  • MPO Perspective
    • Arash Mirzaei, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • State DOT Perspective
    • Erik Sabina, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Federal Perspective
    • Tianjia Tang, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • French Household Travel Survey: The Next Generation
    • Mathieu Rabaud, Cerema
  • Airsage
    • William King, AirSage Inc.
  • HERE
    • Terri Johnson, HERE
  • INRIX
    • Richard Schuman, Inrix, Inc.
  • Streetlight Data
    • Laura Schewel, StreetLight Data
  • TomTom Data
    • John Auble, TomTom
  • The Nexus of Big Data and Travel Modeling
    • Lei Zhang, University of Maryland, College Park


Session 738: Freight Versus Life? How to Collect and Differentiate Freight Data and Household Travel Data in an Age of E-Commerce

Wednesday (Jan 10) 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Convention Center, 143B

  • Drawing the Line from a State DOT Perspective
    • Erik Sabina, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Collecting “Household” Generated Freight Data
    • Vladimir Livshits, Maricopa Association of Governments
  • “Household” Freight Data Collection Perspectives
    • Frank Southworth
  • Building a National Accessibility Data Set
    • Andrew Owen, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • E-Commerce and Other Responses to Changes in Household Purchasing Patterns
    • Tom Madrecki, United Parcel Service (UPS)