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Omnibus Surveys

Omnibus Surveys

The Omnibus Surveys are a convenient way to get very quick input on transportation issues; to see who uses what, how they use it, and how users view it, and what they think about it; and to gauge public satisfaction with the transportation system and government programs. The series of surveys include:

  • A monthly household survey of 1,000 households each month, which collects data on core questions about general travel experiences, satisfaction with the system, and some demographic data
  • Targeted surveys to address special transportation issues, as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) operating administrations need them

The monthly surveys are a cost-shared resource of the department, providing rapid data at a reasonable cost. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has in-house technical expertise to help in survey design and analysis. DOT operating administrations or offices can purchase questions to address specific issues, with very short lead times (typically a couple weeks). They can also use the Omnibus for more extensive targeted surveys, aimed at households or establishments with certain characteristics. BTS provides technical support to help develop reliable questions, and releases data within one week after data collection is completed.

For questions about the survey or assistance in developing questions, please contact us at answers@bts.gov or call us at 800-853-1351.