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Bay Area Travel Study, 1996 (ICPSR 34797)

Principal Investigator(s): NuStats


The purpose of the 1996 Bay Area Travel Study was to survey households in California's nine county Bay Area (including Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose) to collect information on activities and travel in the area. This study focused on households who used the Bay Bridge corridor, either by driving or using transit. The 1996 Bay Area Travel Study varies from other household travel surveys in that households were asked to record all of their activities for a specific two-day period, rather than complete a 24-hour travel log. Respondents were asked to report detailed information regarding their travel, including trip locations, mode of transportation, trip start and end times, trip purpose, and trip activities. Demographic variables include gender, age, employment status, whether the respondent held a valid driver's license, occupation, whether the respondent was a student, income, education level, ethnicity, whether the respondent had a disability, and whether the respondent was a volunteer.

Series: Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series

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Study Description


NuStats. Bay Area Travel Study, 1996. ICPSR34797-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-08-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34797.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34797.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    automobile ownership, automobile use, automobiles, carpools, commuting (travel), disabilities, driving habits, employment, highways, household income, households, licenses, public transportation, traffic, transportation, travel, vehicles, volunteers, work, working hours

Smallest Geographic Unit:    ZIP Code

Geographic Coverage:    California, San Francisco, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-01-01--1996-12-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-01-15--1996-12-31

Unit of Observation:    individual, household

Universe:    The universe consisted of households within the nine-county Bay Area.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information regarding the 1996 Bay Area Travel Study, please refer to the Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive Web site.


Study Purpose:    The purpose of the Bay Area Travel Study is to provide information suitable for gaining an in-depth understanding of the activity and travel behavior of households and individuals within households. For additional information regarding the purpose of this study, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.

Study Design:    For information reharding study design, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.

Sample:    The "target" sample is comprised of Bay Bridge corridor using households identified through telephone screening efforts. For additional information regarding sampling, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), mail questionnaire

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-08-22



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