Regarding the NPTS 2000 Survey, in which Congress deleted the funding for
this "every five years" household survey, I don't believe this is a
deal", yet, the funding could still be revived, with some congressional
decisions to be made this week. Can anyone confirm this?
For those so inclined to send emails of support for a worthy cause, here is
a web site with the names and email addresses of all members of the
Subcommittee on Transportation:
This is a very long URL address, so if you can't just click on it, you can
copy it and paste it into your browser.
North Central Texas Council of Governments
From: ed christopher [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 11:50 AM
To: ctpp-news maillist
this was posted to another listserve but serves as a response to Jerry
Everett's NPTS question from yesterday.
Congress deleted the line item for the Nationwide Personal Transportation
Survey (NPTS) for 2000. FHWA is working on their response.
I think many of us do not realize how instrumental the NPTS is to a lot of
what we do. The NPTS is the only source of travel-characteristic data for
nation, allowing us to track trends since 1969 when the first survey was
NPTS data was used to develop the household trip generation rates in the
update of the old NCHRP 187, published as the NCHRP 365, *Travel Estimation
Techniques for Urban Planning*. Many, many areas use it for bench-marking
their locally collected data. It offers comparative data for any area to see
the similarities and differences to regional and national trends.
A number of States and MPOs use the NPTS data as a source of default values
when no other data is available, especially for smaller population groups
as elderly drivers. State-wide models are being developed using the NPTS
data to fill in rural areas or smaller towns and cities.
The web site (http://www-cta.ornl.gov/npts/
) was a real step forward to make
accessing the data easy, and is a good resource for special studies and
papers, such as the one on trip chaining.
The 2000 survey would have been a valuable tool to address contemporary
transportation needs and topics because of the extension of the previous
as well as the addition of new data items directed to emerging issues.