Highway Statistics 1998

Section VI



The Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) is another product of the Office of Highway Policy Information. This survey serves as the Department's source of data on the amount and nature of personal travel by all modes of transport, and the relationship between demographic change and travel. The survey allows the analyst to view travel from the perspective of the individual and the household unit. The NPTS is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The past three decades have seen significant changes in our society:

The following table shows the impact of these and other changes in our society on travel behavior. The relatively modest change of a 32-percent increase in the population between 1969 and 1995 contrasts sharply with increases of 143 percent in person miles of travel and 167 percent in vehicle miles of travel.

A few of the many transportation issues we face include:

To explore these and other issues in personal travel, contact an NPTS Team member at 202-366-0160, or visit the 1995 NPTS web site.

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