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Guidelines for Conducting Surveys Concerning Transportation


The purpose of this study is to produce guidelines that provide specific, operational and action oriented assistance to those responsible for planning and implementing transportation surveys as a community involvement tool.

A considerable amount of recent transportation survey experience along with the provision of technical information from private urban opinion survey organizations was researched and analyzed for inclusion in these guidelines. By discussing and comparing the relative merits of different survey techniques, the sampling process, questionnaire design, and examples of past surveys, these guidelines cover the theoretical as well as the practical side of the surveying process. The presentation of this information is in such a form that it can be used by field staff to insure that this vital element of a community involvement program can be performed in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Date Published: September, 1975
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 25.3
  • Last Modified: July 4, 2007
  • Author: Washington (State). Dept. of Highways. Social and Economic Planning Section.
  • Originator: Washington State Highway Commission.
  • # of Pages: 70 p., 1,829 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: City planning, Communities, Data collection, Data processing, Guidelines, Public opinion, Public participation, Public relations, Questionnaires, Sampling, Surveys, Transportation, Transportation planning, Urban areas, Urban transportation,
  • Keywords: Community involvement, citizen input, survey methodology, limitations of surveys, survey techniques, sampling process, questionnaire design, random cluster sampling.
  • Related Publications: Social Factors in Transportation Planning: Executive Summary, (WA-RD 25.0).
    Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Community Involvement Programs, (WA-RD 25.1).
    Guidelines for the Identification and Measurement of Social Factors in Transportation Planning, (WA-RD 25.2).
    Guidelines for the Operation of Interdisciplinary Teams, (WA-RD 25.4).
    Guidelines for Team Scheduling and Management, (WA-RD 25.5).
    Guidelines for Identification and Analysis of Social Factors in Transportation Planning, (WA-RD 25.6).

This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008