Table 1-42: Long-Distance Travel in the United States by Selected Trip Characteristics: 2001

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1983, 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2009

Trip Purpose 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009
Average Annual PMT per Household Average Annual VMT per Household
All Purposes 22,802 30,316 34,459 35,244 33,004 11,739 18,161 20,895 21,187 19,850
To/From Work 4,586 5,637 7,740 6,706 6,256 3,538 4,853 6,492 5,724 5,513
Work Related Business 1,354 1,043 1,987 2,987 2,078          
Shopping 2,567 3,343 4,659 4,887 4,620 1,567 2,178 2,807 3,062 2,979
Other Family/Personal Errands 3,311 7,167 7,381 6,671 5,134 1,816 4,250 4,307 3,956 3,515
School/Church 1,522 1,599 1,973 2,060 2,049          
Social and Recreational 8,964 11,308 10,571 10,586 9,989 3,534 5,359 4,764 5,186 4,842
Other 500 214 131 1,216 2,878          

 

Trip Purpose 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009
Average Annual Person Trips per Household Average Annual Vehicle Trips per Household
All Purposes 2,628 3,262 3,828 3,581 3,466 1,486 2,077 2,321 2,171 2,068
To/From Work 537 539 676 565 541 414 448 553 479 457
Work Related Business 62 38 100 109 106          
Shopping 474 630 775 707 725 297 431 501 459 468
Other Family/Personal Errands 456 854 981 863 748 272 579 626 537 500
School/Church 310 304 337 351 333          
Social and Recreational 728 874 953 952 952 335 460 427 441 436
Other 61 22 6 30 61          

 

Trip Purpose 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009 1983 1990 1995 2001 2009
Average Person Trip Length (miles) Average Vehicle Trip Length (miles)
All Purposes 8.7 9.5 9.1 10.0 9.7 7.9 8.9 9.1 9.9 9.7
To/From Work 8.5 10.7 11.6 12.1 11.8 8.6 11.0 11.8 12.1 12.2
Work Related Business 21.8 28.2 20.3 28.3 20.0          
Shopping 5.4 5.4 6.1 7.0 6.5 5.3 5.1 5.6 6.7 6.4
Other Family/Personal Errands 7.3 8.6 7.6 7.8 7.0 6.7 7.4 6.9 7.5 7.1
School/Church 4.9 5.4 6.0 6.0 6.3          
Social and Recreational 12.3 13.2 11.3 11.4 10.7 10.6 11.8 11.2 11.9 11.2
Other 8.2 10.3 22.8 43.1 51.5          

KEY:

PMT - Person Miles of Travel.

VMT - Vehicle Miles of Travel.

NOTES

Children aged 0-4 are excluded from 2001 NHTS.

All tables reporting totals could include some unreported characteristics.

MOE is Margin of Error. CI is Confidence Interval. Margin of Error calculated using jackknife method and replicate weights.

1990 person and vehicle trips were adjusted to account for survey collection method changes (see 2001 Summary of Travel Trends Appendix 2). The survey collection method was changed from a one-stage survey in 1990 (with retrospective collection of travel day trips) to a two-stage survey with a travel diary in 1995 and later. The result of this improvement was to increase the accuracy and number of trips reported and to decrease the survey response rate.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey data, Mar. 30, 2017.