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Understanding how people and goods move throughout the Edmonton Region allows us to make evidence-based decisions on our policies, initiatives and investments. The City collects data through a variety of surveys including commodity surveys, central business district surveys and household travel surveys.

Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey (HTS)

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 most recent one occurring in 2015.

2015 Household Travel Survey

The Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey (HTS) was conducted in the fall of 2015 to understand the nature of current travel patterns. The survey was funded by the City of Edmonton, Alberta Transportation and the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (formerly the Capital Region Board).

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

  • 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

The City of Edmonton piloted new survey methodologies in the fall of 2014 to help collect richer data in the 2015 survey. Over 21,000 households were surveyed for a 24 hour weekday period between September 14, 2015 and December 11, 2015, including approximately 15,300 in the City and 5,700 in the Region. Previous surveys were completed in 1994 and 2005 and changes are highlighted wherever available.

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


Summary Report

2005 Household Travel Survey

Between September 26, 2005 and December 15, 2005, approximately 9,300 households in the Capital Region participated in a survey for a 24 hour weekday or weekend period. See the reports below for further information.

Central Business District Survey

central district mapThe City conducts a survey every 2 years to count the number of trips and chosen travel mode to/from and through the Central Business District (CBD).

Understanding when and how people travel supports the Transportation Master Plan and the Regional Travel Model.

2016 CBD Cordon Report

Commodity Surveys

Capital Region External Truck and Commodity Survey

The 2003 Edmonton Region External Truck/Commodity Survey studied the movement of commercial goods by truck into and out of the Edmonton region.

Fact Sheet

Commodity Flow Study

The 2003 Edmonton Region Commodity Flow Study surveyed businesses about the flow of goods and services throughout the entire Edmonton region.


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