Project: Toowoomba Travel Survey 2012

Client: Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads

Description: Following the completion of Queensland Regional Travel Surveys in Townsville, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Mackay in 2010 and 2011, The Urban Transport Institute has been commissioned by the Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads to conduct a similar survey in the Toowoomba region.

The format of the Toowoomba Travel Survey 2012 (TOOTS12) surveys is very similar to that adopted for the previous QRETS surveys (to enable ease of comparison), and is based on the use of a self-completion activity/travel diary for 1 day, supported by personal delivery and pickup of the questionnaires.  The TOOTS12 surveys use the Speedit program (Survey Program for Entering and Editing Data Involving Travel), which had been used in recent surveys in Queensland, Melbourne and New Zealand. They also use the HotSpot (Household Travel Survey Program for Operational Techniques) program which controls the logistics of the survey.

A new innovation in the TOOTS12 survey is the use of iPads in the field instead of pen&paper procedures. This promises more accurate information, in a more timely and cost-effective manner.

Publications: None as Yet.

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