Transformative Transportation Survey Methods: Enhancing Household Transportation Survey Methods for Hard-To-Reach Populations

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Transportation Research Part D-Transport and Environment

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his study utilizes explores the challenges that hard-to-reach populations face in completing household activity surveys. The authors draw on qualitative data from hard-to-reach populations regarding the limits of the Oregon Household Activity Survey and find evidence that the survey methods lack social, cultural, and linguistic applicability for Black, Indigenous and other people of color, as well as low-income populations. The authors argue that Oregon’s household travel survey prioritizes certain ways of understanding and experiencing mobility that are, by default, exclusionary. The authors conclude in sharing insights regarding how the authors might enhance data collection efforts. Broader efforts for transportation equity (and ultimately towards transportation justice) cannot be achieved when the data used to inform transportation planning fails to accurately reflect all populations.


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