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Finding Data: Data on Transportation


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    Transportation - Non USA ::

  • American Housing Survey (1973+)
    Comprises 2 types of data collections: a national survey of housing units, and surveys of housing units in selected metropolitan areas. The interviews cover core questions that are repeated each year, and an additional set of questions on recurring or one-time supplemental topics. The national data were collected annually through 1981 and have been collected every 2 years since that time. The metropolitan-area data are collected on a continuous basis and are reported annually. For the latest see the Census Bureau site.

  • American Public Transportation Association Public Transportation Fare Database
    Detailed information on about 250 U.S. transit agencies. Included are base fares, surcharges, discounts, short-distance route fares, multi-system fare arrangements, passes, tickets, equipment used, types of payment accepted, and much more.

  • American Public Transportation Association Public Transportation Infrastructure Database (2007, 2008, 2010)
    Lists major transit infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada. Includes rail line data and station, stop and parking data for all modes. Aso includes status, mileage, and opening dates of future rail projects.

  • American Time Use Survey (2003+)
    Collects information on how people living in the United States spend their time. Estimates show the kinds of activities people do and the time spent doing them by sex, age, educational attainment, labor force status, and other characteristics, as well as by weekday and weekend day. Also see the extract builder for quick cross tabulations (free registration is required). Also found on ICPSR. From 2006-2008, an Eating and Health Module included statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Data are also presented on measures of the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population by time spent in various activities. 2010, 2012, and 2013 included a Well-Being module which contains information related to how people felt during selected activities, as well as general health information. Also see the American Time Use Survey Data Extract Builder. Also see the American Heritage Time Use Survey Extract Builder which includes surveys from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003+.

  • Bike Count Data Clearinghouse
    Bicycle count data throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. Allows users to easily view, query, and download bicycle count volumes.

  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (TranStats)
    Data on aviation, maritime, highway, transit, rail, pipeline, and bike/pedestrains.

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
    Provides easy access to a wide variety of economic, social, political, and marketing indicators.

  • fivethirtyeight/uber-tlc-foil-response
    Uber trip data from a freedom of information request to New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission.contains data on over 4.5 million Uber pickups in New York City from April to September 2014, and 14.3 million more Uber pickups from January to June 2015. Trip-level data on 10 other for-hire vehicle (FHV) companies, as well as aggregated data for 329 FHV companies, is also included. All the files are as they were received on August 3, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, 2015. Also see Todd Schneider's site which includes code and additional information.

  • Houston Area Survey (1982+)
    Longitudinal study that began in May 1982 after Houston recovered from recession of the mid-1980s. Measures the public responses to the new economic, educational, and environmental challenges. Measured perspectives on the local and national economy, on poverty programs, inter-ethnic relationships. Also captured were respondents' beliefs about discrimination and affirmative action, education, crime, health care, taxation, and community service, as well as their assessments of downtown development, mobility and transit, land-use controls, and environmental concerns, and their attitudes toward abortion, homosexuality, and other aspects of the social agenda. Also recorded were religious and political orientations, as well as an array of demographic and immigration characteristics, socioeconomic indicators, and family structures.

  • Metropolitan Travel Behavior Survey Series
    Collected information about travel preferences and change in travel behavior across the United States population. Respondents were asked to record their travel and activities over various time periods, as well as for detailed information regarding their trips, such as mode of transportation, trip purpose, and departure and arrival times.

  • National Household Travel Survey
    Successor to the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey.

  • Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) (1977-2001)
    Inventory of daily personal travel for individuals 5 years of age and older. Continued by the National Household Travel Survey.

  • New Car Assessment Program (1990+)
    Information on vehicle crash tests, rollover ratings, and safety features. For the latest version, see the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration webpage.

  • North American Transportation Statistics Database
    Transportation data on Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

  • NYC Yellow Taxi Trips (2014+)
    Available through WRDS. Registration is required. Includes pickup/dropoff date and time, vendor id, passenger count, trip distance, geocoding, rate code, fare amount, surcharge, MTA tax, tip amount, tolls amount, total amount. The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission site has data back to 2009.

  • Physical Activity and Transit Survey (PAT)
    Telephone survey (both landline and cell) conducted in 2010 and 2011 by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Asked respondents about physical activity at work, in the home, for recreation and commuting and how often New Yorkers engaged in active transportation (e.g., walking and biking) and sedentary behaviors. The survey also asked a variety of questions on neighborhood safety and access to food, and about general physical and mental health.

  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior (1953-March 2014)
    Measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur, to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases, and to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Changes in consumers' willingness to buy are best assessed by making use of the answers to all questions asked in the surveys, especially the open-ended questions that probe underlying reasons. Nevertheless, in order to make available a summary measure of change in consumer sentiment, the Survey Research Center uses the answers to selected questions to calculate an Index of Consumer Sentiment. Each survey also probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. The surveys use a national sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling that is representative of the adult population of the United States. For time periods not held by ICPSR, see the Surveys of Consumers website. Free registration is required. There is an embargo on the most recent 6 months. Up to date summary data can be found in Datastream. Also known as the Surveys of Consumers.

    Sample Size: National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling that is representative of the adult population of the United States.

  • Traffic Volume Trends (1970+)
    Monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by the States. Data are collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide and are used to estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year. Estimates are re-adjusted annually to match the vehicle miles of travel from the Highway Performance Monitoring System and are continually updated with additional data.

  • Transport Databook (
    Summary statistics on a wide variety of travel issues for the United States.

  • Vehicle Energy Consumption Survey Data (2001 data)

  • World Air Transport Statistics (2006-2014)
    The paper version which began in 1957 (HE9911.W87; current in DSS) includes statistics on demand for air transport, supply of air transport, performance of the airline industry, and airline rankings. The electronic includes statistics for traffic, capacity, employees, and aircraft fleets. Paper is through 2016.

  • World Road Statistics 2010 (Data 2001-2010)
    For older data back to 1966, see the paper Firestone Oversize HE333 .I5q.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009