The nationwide personal transportation survey was designed to obtain up-to-date information on national patterns of travel. Earlier surveys, limited primarily to automobile and truck travel, were conducted in a number of states between 1930 and 1940 and more recently between 1951 and 1959. In April 1961, a survey was conducted to determine on a national basis characteristics of travel and ownership and use of automobiles. Data for the nationwide personal transportation survey were collected in 1969-1970 by the Bureau of the Census of the Department of Commerce for the Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation. There are 11 reports: 1) automobile occupancy: 2) annual miles of automobile travel: 3) seasonal variations of automobile trips and travel: 4) transportation characteristics of school children: 5) availability of public transportation and shopping characteristics of SMSA households: 6) characteristics of licensed drivers: 7) household travel in the United States: 8) home-to-work trips & travel: 9) mode of transportation & personal characteristics of tripmakers: 10) purpose of automobile trips & travel: 11) automobile ownership. The survey was based on a multi-stage probability sample of housing units located in 235 sample areas, comprising 485 counties and independent cities, representing every state and the District of Columbia.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00321223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM