Using License Plate Survey Data in Transportation Planning Applications

by Charles M. Baber, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputers in Transportation


This paper is a presentation of the methodology used by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments to conduct a multi-faceted study for the Maryland Aviation Administration, which operates the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Several computer programs were required to successfully complete this study. This first phase of this study was a license plate survey. After collection license data of vehicles parked in the various passenger lots of the airport, the data were entered into the computer. The tag numbers were then forwarded to the state's Motor Vehicle Administration, which provided computer tapes of addresses for each of the Maryland-registered vehicles parked on the lots. The addresses were then marched to the Regional Council's Transportation Zones using MAPINFO software. MAPINFO was used to produce maps showing the distribution of passengers, both by Transportation Zones and ZIP Code.

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Plates | Airports and airfields | Surveying methods | Mapping | Data collection | Passengers | Computing in civil engineering

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