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TRANSIT TCRP REPORT 126 COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration Leveraging ITS Data for Transit Market Research: A Practitioner's Guidebook
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TCRP OVERSIGHT AND PROJECT TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2008 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* SELECTION COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS Robert I. Brownstein AECOM Consult, Inc. CHAIR: Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka VICE CHAIR: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley MEMBERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board Ann August Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority John Bartosiewicz MEMBERS McDonald Transit Associates J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Linda J. Bohlinger Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg HNTB Corp. Peter Cannito John D. Bowe, President, Americas Region, APL Limited, Oakland, CA Metropolitan Transportation Authority--Metro Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson North Railroad Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Gregory Cook Norfolk, VA Veolia Transportation William A.V. Clark, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles Nathaniel P. Ford San Francisco MUNI David S. Ekern, Commissioner, Virginia DOT, Richmond Fred M. Gilliam Nicholas J. Garber, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Charlottesville Kim R. Green Jeffrey W. Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN GFI GENFARE Edward A. (Ned) Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC Jill A. Hough North Dakota State University Will Kempton, Director, California DOT, Sacramento John Inglish Susan Martinovich, Director, Nevada DOT, Carson City Utah Transit Authority Michael D. Meyer, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Jeanne W. Krieg Technology, Atlanta Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington David A. Lee Connecticut Transit Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Clarence W. Marsella Pete K. Rahn, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City Denver Regional Transportation District Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Gary W. McNeil Tracy L. Rosser, Vice President, Corporate Traffic, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR GO Transit Rosa Clausell Rountree, Executive Director, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, Atlanta Michael P. Melaniphy Motor Coach Industries Henry G. (Gerry) Schwartz, Jr., Chairman (retired), Jacobs/Sverdrup Civil, Inc., St. Louis, MO Frank Otero C. Michael Walton, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas, Austin PACO Technologies Linda S. Watson, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando Robert H. Prince, Jr. Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR DMJM+Harris Jeffrey M. Rosenberg EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Amalgamated Transit Union Michael Scanlon Thad Allen (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC San Mateo County Transit District Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator, U.S.DOT Beverly Scott Rebecca M. Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Smyrna, GA Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority James S. Simpson Paul R. Brubaker, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator, U.S.DOT FTA George Bugliarello, Chancellor, Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn, and Foreign Secretary, Frank Tobey National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC First Transit Sean T. Connaughton, Maritime Administrator, U.S.DOT Frank Wilson LeRoy Gishi, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Interior, Washington, DC EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC William W. Millar John H. Hill, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT APTA John C. Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Robert E. Skinner, Jr. TRB Officials, Washington, DC John C. Horsley Carl T. Johnson, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT AASHTO J. Edward Johnson, Director, Applied Science Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space J. Richard Capka Administration, John C. Stennis Space Center, MS FHWA William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC TDC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Nicole R. Nason, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT Louis Sanders James Ray, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S.DOT APTA James S. Simpson, Federal Transit Administrator, U.S.DOT SECRETARY Robert A. Sturgell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT Christopher W. Jenks Robert L. Van Antwerp (Lt. Gen., U.S. Army), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, TRB U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC *Membership as of January 2008. *Membership as of May 2008.
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM TCRP REPORT 126 Leveraging ITS Data for Transit Market Research: A Practitioner's Guidebook James G. Strathman Thomas J. Kimpel Joseph Broach Paul Wachana CENTER FOR URBAN STUDIES PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Portland, OR Kathryn Coffel KITTELSON AND ASSOCIATES, INC. Portland, OR Steve Callas TRIMET Portland, OR Bart Elliot ENSPIRIA SOLUTIONS, INC. Greenwood Village, CO Rebecca Elmore-Yalch NORTHWEST RESEARCH GROUP, INC. Boise, ID Subject Areas Public Transit Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2008 www.TRB.org
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM TCRP REPORT 126 The nation's growth and the need to meet mobility, environmental, Project B-29 and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems. Current ISSN 1073-4872 systems, some of which are old and in need of upgrading, must expand ISBN: 978-0-309-09942-4 service area, increase service frequency, and improve efficiency to serve Library of Congress Control Number 2008929050 these demands. Research is necessary to solve operating problems, to © 2008 Transportation Research Board adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to intro- duce innovations into the transit industry. The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the transit industry can develop innovative near-term solutions COPYRIGHT PERMISSION to meet demands placed on it. Authors herein are responsible for the authenticity of their materials and for obtaining written permissions from publishers or persons who own the copyright to any previously The need for TCRP was originally identified in TRB Special Report published or copyrighted material used herein. 213--Research for Public Transit: New Directions, published in 1987 Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) grants permission to reproduce material in this and based on a study sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation publication for classroom and not-for-profit purposes. Permission is given with the Administration--now the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). A understanding that none of the material will be used to imply TRB, AASHTO, FAA, FHWA, report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), FMCSA, FTA, or Transit Development Corporation endorsement of a particular product, Transportation 2000, also recognized the need for local, problem- method, or practice. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR TCRP REPORT 126 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Senior Program Officer Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor Ellen M. Chafee, Assistant Editor TCRP PROJECT B-29 PANEL Field of Service Configuration Minnie Fells Johnson, Plantation, FL (Chair) Susan S. Altshuler, Alternate Concepts, Inc., Boston, MA Paul Casey, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA David Faria, Technology Solution Providers, Fairfax Station, VA Jane Glascock, Seattle METRO, Shoreline, WA Loren "Ben" Herr, Texas Transit Association, Austin, TX Elizabeth G. Jones, University of NebraskaLincoln, Omaha, NE Johanna Zmud, NuStats LLC, Austin, TX Eric Pihl, FTA Liaison Sean Ricketson, FTA Liaison Fred L. Williams, FTA Liaison Thomas Palmerlee, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under TCRP Project B-29 by the Center for Urban Stud- ies at Portland State University (PSU). PSU was the contractor for this study and also served as the fiscal administrator. James G. Strathman, Director of the Center for Urban Studies and Professor of Urban Studies and Plan- ning, PSU, was the Project Director and Principal Investigator. The other authors of this report include Thomas J. Kimpel, Research Associate in the Center for Urban Studies; Joseph Broach and Paul Wachana, Graduate Assistants in the Center for Urban Studies and Urban Studies Ph.D. students at PSU; Kathryn Coffel, Associate Planner, Kittelson and Associates, Inc.; Steve Callas, Manager of Service Performance and Analysis, TriMet; Bart Elliot, Strategic Account Manager, Enspiria Solutions, Inc.; and Rebecca Elmore- Yalch, President and CEO, Northwest Research Group, Inc.
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FOREWORD By Gwen Chisholm Smith Staff Officer Transportation Research Board TCRP Report 126: Leveraging ITS Data for Transit Market Research: A Practitioner's Guide- book, describes currently used intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and Transit ITS technologies that have the greatest promise for transit market research. This guidebook documents ITS and Transit ITS technologies currently in use, assesses their potential to pro- vide market research data, and presents methods for collecting and analyzing these data. Also, the guidebook provides three in-depth case studies that illustrate how ITS data have been successfully used to improve market research practices. The guide should be useful to small, medium, and large transit agencies. Transit agencies use market research for a variety of purposes--scheduling and opera- tions planning, long-range planning and design, performance analyses, market penetration and market segmentation analyses, and gathering data on mode choice and travel patterns, consumer perceptions, consumer preferences, pricing elasticity, customer satisfaction, mar- ket segmentation, market usage, scheduling, trip planning, supply and demand, crime mapping, and new product and service evaluations. Also, market research can show where to target resources to have the greatest impact on maintaining and increasing ridership. Because the data are used extensively throughout the major departments within transit agencies, reliable and cost-effective market research is a priority. While transit market research is becoming more expensive, intelligent transportation sys- tems (ITS), including Transit ITS (formerly known as advanced public transportation systems, or APTS), are transforming the way transportation and transit agencies operate. Because ITS and Transit ITS involve real-time data capture, these technologies have poten- tial to inexpensively capture objective market information at high levels of data accuracy and completeness. Transit agencies should be prepared to capitalize on these efficiencies for transit market research. The use of these data by transit operators, transportation planners, and transit marketers presents significant opportunities for both short-term and long-term gains in transit use. In addition, transit properties that leverage objective customer infor- mation from these systems may be able to be more proactive in serving transit customers. Currently, little information exists about the types of ITS and Transit ITS data best suited for market research or about the extent of ITS and Transit ITS data use for this purpose by transit agencies in the United States. This guidebook provides information on the technolo- gies with the greatest potential for recovering data to support market research activity. The guidebook also addresses issues that need to be resolved to ensure easier and more effective use of data within transit organizations. Under TCRP Project B-29, "Transit Market Research: Leveraging ITS and Transit ITS Data," the research team conducted a comprehensive review of literature, practice, and
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findings related to ITS and Transit ITS deployments potentially related to market research opportunities. The research team collected data from a representative sample of transit agencies about known and potential uses of ITS and Transit ITS data either as substitutes for, or in conjunction with, primary market research activities. For the data collected, the research team identified the market research purpose, type of data used, the data validation process, and how data were collected and analyzed to fulfill the market research objective. The research team conducted case studies that include a summary of the ITS and Tran- sit ITS technologies and applicable data used within transit agencies and assess the impacts of the use of ITS and Transit ITS data on market research practices.
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CONTENTS 1 Summary 3 Chapter 1 Introduction 4 Definition and Benefits of Market Research in an ITS Environment 6 What the Guidebook Covers 7 Chapter 2 Introduction to Market Research and ITS Data 7 Understanding Customers: Traditional Market Research Techniques 11 Inventory of ITS Data for Market Research 15 Benefits and Limitations of Combining Traditional and ITS Data 20 Chapter 3 ITS Data Applications in Market Research 20 ITS Data Applications: Monitoring Service Delivery 25 ITS Data Applications: Leveraging Traditional Market Research 28 Chapter 4 Data Management, Reporting, and Staffing Considerations 28 Enterprise Database Architecture Supporting the Use of ITS Data 31 Architectures Supporting Data Integration 33 Implementing Enterprise Data Management and Integration 34 ITS Data Validation 34 Reporting and Analysis Tools 37 Institutional Issues 40 Staffing Issues 43 Chapter 5 Lessons Learned, Issues, and Concerns 48 References 50 Appendix A Chicago Transit Authority Case Study 61 Appendix B City of Madison--Metro Transit Case Study 67 Appendix C TriMet Case Study