Table 1. Holiday Travel by Selected Trip Characteristics: 2001

Table 1. Holiday Travel by Selected Trip Characteristics: 2001

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Trip Characteristics Thanksgiving in Percent (except as noted) Christmas/New Year's in Percent (except as noted) Remainder of Year in Percent (except as noted)
Total Person Trips (000) 61,821 140,135 2,289,453
Average Per Day (000) 10,304 8,243 6,694
Principal Transportation Mode      
Personal Vehicle 91.7 91.1 89.4
Air 5.3 6.5 7.5
Bus 2.0 1.3 2.1
Train 0.8 1.0 0.8
Other 0.1 0.1 0.2
One-Way Distance      
50-99 miles 43.9 45.3 47.7
100-149 miles 17.5 14.9 17.7
150-249 miles 19.2 15.2 14.4
250-499 miles 12.8 12.5 10.1
500-999 miles 4.3 5.7 5.1
1000+ miles 2.3 6.3 5.0
Mean trip length (miles) 214 275 261
Main Trip Purpose      
Business 7.2 8.1 16.6
Commute 5.9 8.7 13.0
Visit Family/Relatives 52.9 42.8 23.8
Other Pleasure/Leisure 26.6 27.6 30.4
Personal Business 6.3 7.2 12.9
Other 1.1 5.5 3.4
Nights Away from Home      
No nights 50.5 50.6 56.7
1-3 nights 35.8 31.6 31.2
4-7 nights 12.7 12.1 8.5
8+ nights 1.0 5.9 3.5
Mean (nights) 2.9 3.9 3.5
Age      
Less than 25 34.9 27.7 25.6
25-64 56.4 64.9 65.8
65+ 8.7 7.4 8.7
Gender      
Male 50.0 54.5 57.9
Female 50.0 45.5 42.1

NOTE: Thanksgiving Holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday thru Sunday and is based on November 20-25, 2001. Christmas/New Year's holiday period based on December 21,2001-January 6, 2002 data. Remainder of Year data based on April 1, 2001-March 31, 2002 period, excluding the Thanksgiving and Christmnas/New Year's holiday periods.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey, (Washington DC: 2003).