2004 Kansas City Regional Household Travel Survey

The 2004 Regional Household Travel Survey documented the travel behavior data characteristics of Kansas City residents to update the area's transportation model.

Data Collection Agency

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation sponsored the survey, which was conducted in collaboration with NuStats.


The survey entailed the collection of activity and travel information for all household members regardless of age during a specific 24-hour period. It relied on the willingness of households to provide demographic information about its members and vehicles and to have all household members record all travel and activity for a specific 24-hour period. The study also included a technology supplement that involved equipping a subsample of household vehicles with global positioning system (GPS) devices. The objectives of the GPS component were twofold: (1) to provide an independent data stream of vehicular travel in order to measure the accuracy of the travel data reported over the telephone and (2) to obtain details about those trips that were captured by GPS but not reported over the telephone, in order to derive a trip-correction factor.

Drive Cycle Processing and Filtering

NREL has developed a GPS data filtration routine to filter erroneous data points in individual drive cycles sourced from GPS devices mounted in vehicles. Second-by-second drive cycle data collected from GPS-instrumented vehicles during these surveys have passed through NREL's drive cycle processing and filtering routines.

Survey Records

Survey records include 260 households.

More Information

For information about the GPS component, see Advances in the Application of GPS to Household Travel Surveys.

Transportation Data

The MARC data set contains in-vehicle GPS data from 260 households and 408 vehicles. For details on available data and variable definitions, see the data dictionary.

NREL-generated drive cycle data are also available for this survey. For details on available data and variable definitions, see the drive cycle data dictionary.

Transportation data are available as zipped files. Download Winzip.

Full Survey Data

(excluding any GPS)


Data Sorted by Vehicle

(with unfiltered GPS speed, if included)


Drive Cycle Data by Vehicle

(24-hour period of operation)


For the study's latitude and longitude data, learn how to access the spatial data.

How to Cite the Data

If you use TSDC data in a publication, please contact us and include a citation in your publication consistent with the following format:

"Transportation Secure Data Center." (2017). National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Accessed Jan. 15, 2017: www.nrel.gov/tsdc.