Table 2-1 - Population and Passenger Travel in the United States: 1977 and 1995

Table 2-1 - Population and Passenger Travel in the United States: 1977 and 1995

  1977 1995 Percentage change 1977-95
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, domestic (millions) 521 1,001 92
Local person trips per capita, one way (per day)1 2.9 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 capita1 (annually) 9,470 14,115 49
Long-distance person-miles per capita, domestic (annually) 1,796 3,129 74
Local mean trip length (miles) 8.9 9.0 1
Long-distance mean trip length, domestic (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. Per capita calculations are based on population estimates within each survey, and not from Census Bureau estimates reported here.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, American Travel Survey data, October 1997.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, National Travel Survey, Travel During 1977 (Washington, DC: 1979).

_____. 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, draft, 1999.