1968 NATIONAL REST AREA USAGE STUDY

REST AREAS ARE REQUIRED ON THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS TO PROVIDE SAFE STOPPING PLACES. YET THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING AND MAINTAINING REST AREAS WITH TOILETS, PICKNICKING FACILITIES, DRINKING WATER AND OTHER FACILITIES IS VERY HIGH, AND IT IS CERTAINLY NOT DESIRABLE TO CONSTRUCT MORE FACILITIES THAN NEEDED. THE 1968 NATIONAL REST AREA USAGE STUDY WAS UNDERTAKEN TO ASSIST IN DETERMINING REST AREA NEEDS IN TERMS OF FACILITIES AND SPACING BY MEASURING THE PRESENT DEMAND FOR AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE USE OF EXISTING REST AREAS. A DETAILED INVENTORY AS OF JANUARY 1, 1968, REVEALED A TOTAL OF 6,756 REST AREAS ON THE FEDERAL-AID AND STATE PRIMARY HIGHWAY SYSTEMS, OF WHICH 784 WERE ON THE RURAL INTERSTATE AND 5,972 ON THE OTHER SYSTEMS. A TOTAL OF 78,619 INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THE SUMMER OF 1968. OF THIS TOTAL, 68,415 INTERVIEWS WERE COMPLETED ON THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM AND 10,204 ON THE OTHER SYSTEMS. SOME OF THE SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS SHOW THAT APPROXIMATELY 4 TIMES AS MANY VEHICLES STOP AT REST AREAS WITH TOILETS THAN THOSE WITHOUT TOILETS, APPROXIMATELY TWO-THIRDS OF ALL PERSONS ENTERING REST AREAS USE THE TOILETS, IF AVAILABLE; AND USE OF REST ROOM, REST, AND EAT, IN RESPECTIVE ORDER OF IMPORTANCE, ARE THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSES FOR STOPPING. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Roadside development and maintenance
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204818
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 11 1971 12:00AM