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Household Travel Surveys provide the City with data about where, why, when and how people travel to anticipate future. The Transportation Master Plan relies on these results to plan an effective and efficient transportation system.

About Travel Surveys

Travel surveys are an important tool for transportation planners as they provide rich and up-to-date data that showcase citizens’ travel patterns and allows city planners to make evidence-based decisions on transportation services and projects. The City of Edmonton conducts a one-day Household Travel Survey once every 10 years with the next one occurring in 2015.

Since the last Household Travel Survey in 2005 the City and Region have undergone significant change including an economic boom and recovery, one of the highest population and employment growth rates of any Canadian city, LRT expansion and construction of large portions of Anthony Henday Drive. The 2015 Household Travel Study will bring new data and understanding to the changing nature of our travel patterns across the region.

Making Tracks

The Making Tracks survey is now complete. Congratulations to the residents of the Edmonton Capital Region for helping us to exceed our completion targets by 14%! Residents responded to our call to track their travel for one day. Thanks so much!

Final Making Tracks Stats

Final Making Tracks Stats

Great Response

  • 253,000 households contacted
  • 29,700 households signed up for the survey
  • 22,400 households completed survey
  • 54,000 people participated
  • 2,900 people recruited for the GPS study
  • 192,000 trips made
  • 71% - percentage of surveys completed online

In the City of Edmonton, we had excellent responses from neighbourhoods in Downtown, Bonnie Doon, Heritage Valley and University area. And in the Edmonton region Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove came out in force!

2015 Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey

We want to know how you roll!

The completed 2015 Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey was conducted by the City of Edmonton, in cooperation with Alberta Transportation and the Capital Region Board, to understand the transportation needs of a growing population in Edmonton and across the region.

Capital Region Boundary Map

This one-day survey collected information from participating households about:

  • Where people go
  • Why they go
  • When they go
  • How they get where they need to go

The data collected will ensure future transportation projects reflect your community’s needs and will allow the City of Edmonton and the Region to make informed spending decisions on our transportation system.

2014 Household Travel Survey

So much has changed since 2005 when we conducted the last Household Travel Survey. We communicate differently, we conduct more business online, our population has grown and people are moving in different ways.

In light of these changes, we had to evolve the way in which we conduct our Household Travel Survey. In November and December 2014, the City of Edmonton piloted new survey methodologies and technologies.

We are using the findings from the 2014 pilot and applying the lessons learned to the 2015 Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey. Our hope is to collect more and richer data from residents and to apply that knowledge to planning for the current and future transportation needs of the Capital Region.

Thank-you to everyone who participated, your contributions have been invaluable.

2005 Household Travel Survey

In the fall of 2005, the City of Edmonton together with Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation undertook an extensive survey of households in the Edmonton Region to determine the nature of current travel patterns.

Between September 26, 2005 and December 15, 2005, approximately 9300 households in the Capital Region participated in a survey for a 24 hour weekday or weekend period.

The survey asked each member of a household to track:

  • Trip origins and destinations
  • Trip purpose
  • Travel mode choice (transit, walking, biking, single occupant in motor vehicle, passenger in motor vehicle)
  • Time of day
  • Type of activity at destination
  • Trip frequency

Some 6600 of the surveyed households in the city provided information on their weekday travel, as compared to approximately 6000 in 1994. Additionally 2000 households outside of Edmonton’s boundaries provided their data for weekday travel.

Some interesting data gathered from the survey included:

  • Across the Capital Regions, on a trips per person basis, trip rates increased from 3.49 trips per person per weekday in 1994 to 3.63 in 2005
  • Urban residents generated more trips per weekday than rural residents
  • Females made more trips per day than males, 3.76 vs. 3.51 trips
  • The largest group of transit users were 16 to 24 year olds in St. Albert and Sherwood Park, who used transit for 13% of trips
  • Residents from the region used transit for 1.8% of trips, which rose to 2.9% for residents of St. Albert and Sherwood Park compared with 9% for City of Edmonton residents
  • Travel between Sherwood Park and Edmonton increased 51% from 1994 to 2005
  • Travel between St. Albert and Edmonton increased 34% from 1994 to 2005

Information from the 2005 Household Travel Survey helped:

  • Develop Edmonton’s Transportation Master Plan – The Way We Move
  • Plan for LRT, including the Valley and Metro Line LRT expansions
  • Prioritize and design new roads - both in the city and the region, i.e. Anthony Henday Drive, Blatchford Redevelopment
  • Study the UPass before it was implemented
  • Helped planners understand what will roadways like Terwillegar Drive, the QE2, and 75 Street look like in the future

Full Regional Report

Full Municipal Report


Fact Sheet

Note: Hard copies of the Full Report are available by request and a charge will apply.

For More Information

Erin Toop

Title Senior Engineer



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