Table 5-1 Population and Passenger Travel in the United States: 1977 and 1995

Table 5-1
Population and Passenger Travel in the United States: 1977 and 1995

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  1977 1995 Percentage increase
1977 to 1995
Resident population (thousands) 219,760 262,761 20
Annual local person trips (travel day) (millions) 1 211,778 378,930 79
Annual long-distance person trips (millions) 521 1,001 92
Local person trips per capita, one way (per day) 1 2.4 4.3 47
Long-distance trips per capita, roundtrip (per year) 2.5 3.9 56
Local person-miles (millions) 1 1,879,215 3,411,122 82
Long-distance person-miles (millions) 382,466 826,804 116
Local person-miles per capita 1 (annually) 9,470 14,115 49
Long-distance person-miles per capita (annually) 1,796 3,129 74
Local mean trip length (miles) 8.9 9.0 1
Long-distance mean trip length (miles) 733 826 13

1 Persons over 5 years of age.

Notes: Data used for local travel are from the travel-day file and include trips of all lengths made by respondents on a single day. About 95 percent of these trips were 30 miles or less.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 1995 American Travel Survey, data; U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, National Travel Survey, Travel During 1977 (Washington, DC: 1979); U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States 1998 (Washington, DC: 1998); U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Summary of Travel Trends: 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (Washington, DC: 1999).