Transport Surveys

Considerations for Decision Makers and Decision Making

Published in: Transport Survey Methods: Best Practice for Decision Making / Johanna Zmud et al., eds. (Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013), Chapter 1, p. 3-19

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Johanna Zmud, Martin Lee-Gosselin, Marcela A. Munizaga, Juan Carrasco

This book provides an international perspective on improving information to support transportation decision making. It comprises a selection of papers plus workshop syntheses from the 9th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods in Chile in November 2011. The conference was organized into 14 workshops with both paper presentations and discussions in the workshops forming the majority of the conference activity. The papers reported primarily on research pertaining to continuous improvement in transport survey methods — the backbone of the transportation data pipeline in most countries. But some papers also addressed the new ways in which innovation — notably technological innovation — is being applied to the capture and analysis of data to produce necessary information faster, better, and less expensively. The conference program built on a rich legacy of intellectual pursuits spanning the past two decades, and it is anticipated that the conference will continue into the future. Thus, the contents of this book represent a 5-10 year view through a moving window on the international state of the practice and concerns in transport survey methods.

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