Skip to contentU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Our Nation's Highways: 2010

Figure 4-6. Start Time for Trips by Purpose

Figure 4-6. Start Time for Trips by Purpose

Data available in Excel format

The 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data shows that peak commute periods also include high levels of non-work travel for purposes such as family and personal, school and church, and social activities. Including trips by all modes of transportation, the number of non-work trips occurring in midday actually exceeds the number of commuting trips in peak travel periods. As most of the trips throughout the midday are local, short trips, they potentially have a greater impact on energy use and air quality than on highway congestion.

Data Source: US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Statistics.

<< Prev Contents Next >>