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Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series

Investigator(s): United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

The Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS), sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, has been conducted periodically since 1969. Its stated purpose is to record an inventory of daily personal travel for individuals 5 years of age and older. Data for the 1969, 1977, and 1983 studies were collected by way of an in-home interview with respondents selected using a multistate probability sample of housing units. All states and the District of Columbia were included in the sample. Starting in 1990, data were collected using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) technology with random-digit dialing sampling procedures. The 1969 survey elicited vehicle information on cars only, but subsequent waves also included personal trucks and vans, camper vehicles, motorcycles, and other vehicle types. The 1995 survey instituted changes in methodology that had a significant impact on the data, including data collection via a one-day travel diary and the use of a household trip roster. For this reason, analysts should not compare 1995 data directly with data from prior survey years. Major topical areas covered by this series include household data and demographic data, and information on household motor vehicles, the availability and usage of public transportation, household drivers, information on all trips taken in a 24-hour period, regardless of length, and on all trips taken during a 14-day period of 75 miles or more one-way, and information on the geographic area of the household and its members' workplaces. Potential uses of these data include uncovering travel trends over time, connecting travel behavior to traveler demographics and examining their relation over time, and assisting in the urban transportation planning process.

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2013
Zhu, Pengyu . Telecommuting, household commute and location choice. Urban Studies. 50, (12), 2441-2459.
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2011
Robertson, Angela A.,  Liew, Hui,  Gardner, Sheena . An evaluation of the narrowing gender gap in DUI arrests. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 43, (4), 1414-1420.
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2008
Brewer, Devon D.,  Muth, Stephen Q.,  Potterat, John J. Demographic, Biometric, and Geographic Comparison of Clients of Prostitutes and Men in the US General Population. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. 11,
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2008
Oberlink, Mia R. Opportunities for Creating Livable Communities. AARP Public Policy Institute. Washington, DC: AARP.
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2006
Bose, Jonaki J. Measuring exposure to vehicle crashes. Chance. 19, (1), 22-27.
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1999
Wallace, Robert B.,  Franc, Daniel . Literature Review of the Status of Research on the Transportation and Mobility Needs of Older Women. United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: .
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1988
Evans, Leonard . Older driver involvement in fatal and severe traffic crashes. Journal of Gerontology. 43, (6), S186-S193.
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1986
(author unknown) . Personal Travel in the United States, Volumes I and II. Washington, DC: United States Department of Transportation.
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