For the first time since its inception on June 1, 2017, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) will conduct the 2018 Origin-Destination Survey. For this 11th edition, 77,000 households in the metropolitan area will be surveyed between October 2 and December 22, 2018.

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A survey conducted since 1970

The Origin-Destination Survey has been carried out every five years since 1970 and is one of the most important transportation studies in Quebec. It is a reliable and comprehensive source of information regarding how people get around on foot and by bicycle, bus, metro, train and car in the Greater Montréal area. The survey also helps improve planning for public transit and road systems as well as enhance urban development plans for Greater Montréal.

77,000 households surveyed

Over the course of the Origin-Destination Survey, 71,000 households will be surveyed by phone and 6,000 will be asked to complete an online questionnaire.

When talking to family and friends, you may find out that someone you know has taken part!

Objectives of the Origin-Destination Survey

 The Origin-Destination Survey is used to adapt policies and transit projects to the needs of residents. The data gathered by the Origin-Destination Survey are also used to guide transit infrastructure planning and optimize the services provided by public transit agencies in the metropolitan area.


To protect the privacy of survey respondents, information that could identify them (like names, addresses or telephone numbers) is never disclosed or transferred to a third party or partner and is used solely for statistical purposes.

To find out more

Have questions? Write us at eod2018 @artm.quebec or call us at 514-982-0409.

Publication of results

The highlights of the Origin-Destination Survey will be released in the fall of 2019.

Information about data collected in the Origin­Destination Survey

Collecting names

In some cases, participants may be asked to provide their names to facilitate conversation. A nickname or initials can be used instead, as this information is not retained.

Possibility of being called back by the ARTM

The ARTM may call you back to correct errors in the questionnaire. The agency may also request your authorization to keep your phone number so that you can participate in other surveys it conducts.

Collecting addresses

Addresses are a key element in our surveys. They enable us to determine the spatial distribution of demand for public transit. You will be asked to provide your departure and destination addresses, which will be converted into geographic coordinates. In addition, if you have changed modes of transportation, such as switching to a park-and-ride lot, we will ask you for the location of this transfer point.

The more precise the address (full civic addresses or street intersections), the more precise the analysis can be. Only geographic coordinates are retained for the survey’s results.

Questions about age, gender and income

Questions regarding a participant’s age, gender, income, status and level of education enable the ARTM to:

  • Analyze to what extent residents’ transportation behaviours and choices vary in accordance with these variables.
  • Apply segments to demand and evaluate the measures targeted in the statistical analysis. Thus, age levels are useful for studies on reduced transit fares or student fares, while status is taken into account when we analyze services for schools or workplaces.
  • Determine a weighting for data by producing an expansion factor to represent the entire population of the survey’s territory.