Many survey instruments (WES, Missouri, Nebraska, Alameda, and Illinois) covered a core group of questions on this topic. Those core questions asked for the method of transportation that respondents typically used to get to work, training, or school; how many minutes it usually took them to travel one way to work; whether respondents owned or had access to a car; and whether they had a valid drivers license. The Missouri instrument contained an additional battery of questions asking whether transportation issues prevented the respondent from working or attending educational activities, whether the respondent was ever docked pay, lost or quit a job because of lack of transportation, and whether public transportation was perceived as a reasonable way to get to work or as a barrier to getting a job.
The Nebraska survey asked additional questions whether the respondents community offered shuttle or van service, and whether transportation issues prevented the respondent from working or attending educational activities. The Illinois survey asked three additional questions whether the respondents car broke down during the past month, whether transportation issues prevented the respondent from working, and an opinion question, whether the respondents neighborhood has good public transportation.