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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-14-060
Date: July 2014


Cell Phone Data and Travel Behavior Research

The Exploratory Advanced Research Program

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On February 12, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA's) Office of Highway Policy Information, with the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, sponsored a Cell Phone Data and Travel Behavior Research Symposium. The symposium brought together data providers in private industry, researchers in academic fields, and other professionals from both public agencies and private businesses and institutes to explore opportunities and challenges using cellular location data for national travel behavior analysis. The authors of this document summarize the key themes discussed during the symposium held at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB's) Keck Center in Washington, DC.

Discussions centered on the availability of cellular data and the common types of licensing agreements, applications of cellular data and how it can be leveraged, fusion of cellular data in terms of merging it with other data sources, and validation of cellular data to determine accurate and meaningful results. Particular focal points included applications and limitations of land-use models and data and using surveys in conjunction with cellular location data to facilitate accuracy and precision.

FHWA sponsored this symposium in cooperation with the TRB Travel Survey Methods Committee, Special Task Force on Data for Decisions and Performance Measures, and Task Force on Understanding New Directions for the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).



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