Table 8 Per Capita Passenger Travel and Freight Transportation

Table 8 Per Capita Passenger Travel and Freight Transportation

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Passenger travel (2001)P  
Annualized daily trips per persona 1,581
Daily trips per persona 4.3
Annualized daily miles per persona 15,529
Daily miles per persona 43
Domestic freight transportation (2000)  
Tons per person, annually 50.3
Ton-miles per person, annually 13,846

a Persons aged 5 and over.

Key: P = preliminary.

Notes: Data used for passenger travel are from the preliminary National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) travel-day file and include trips of all lengths made by respondents on a single day; about 95 percent of these daily trips were 30 miles or less. Calculations are based on preliminary weighted estimates from the 2001 NHTS.

Sources: Passenger-USDOT, Federal Highway Administration and Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Household Travel Survey database, available at, as of January 2003. Freight-USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 1997 Commodity Flow Survey (Washington, DC: 1999); plus additional estimates prepared by BTS, October 2002.