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Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 1990: [United States] (ICPSR 9816)

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


This survey provides information on the nature and characteristics of personal travel in the United States. Data are provided on personal trips for all purposes and using all modes of transportation. Both household-level and personal-level data were collected. For each contacted household, information was collected on household vehicles, number of drivers in household, number of accidents during the past five years, availability of public transportation, household location, size and composition of household, and household income. In addition, each household was assigned a specific 24-hour "travel day" and a 14-day "travel period" for which detailed data on all travel were collected. Person-level interviews were attempted with each member of the household over 5 years of age. Persons over 13 years of age were asked to report all trips they had taken on the designated travel day, as well as trips of 75 miles or longer taken during the 14-day travel period ending on the travel day. A knowledgeable household resident, aged 14 or older, was asked to report all trips taken by household members between the ages of 5 and 13 years. The person-level interview also collected information on occupation and work-related travel, driver information, and accidents. The data are provided in six files. Part 1, the Household File, contains demographic information on the household as well as data on drivers and vehicles in the household. Part 2, the Person File, includes demographic data on individuals in the household, information on modes of transportation to work and costs for parking, and details on traffic accidents in the past five years. Part 3, the Vehicle File, provides information on vehicles owned or used by household members, including make, model, year, and mileage. Information on the 24-hour travel day and the 14-day travel period is contained in the remaining three files.

Series: Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Household File - Download All Files (16.096 MB)
DS2:  Person File - Download All Files (24.393 MB)
DS3:  Vehicle File - Download All Files (17.458 MB)
DS4:  Travel Day File - Download All Files (57.372 MB)
DS5:  Travel Period File - Download All Files (15.454 MB)
DS6:  Travel Day File (Segmented Trips Only) - Download All Files (12.541 MB)
DS7:  User Notes 1.1-5.1 - Download All Files (12.428 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. NATIONWIDE PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION SURVEY, 1990: [UNITED STATES]. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    automobile use, commuting (travel), driving habits, public transportation, traffic, traffic accidents, travel, vehicles

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-03--1991-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-03--1991-02

Universe:    Households in the United States with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Selected variables appear on multiple files so that analysis may be performed without merging files.


Sample:    The sample consisted of 26,172 households with telephones identified through random-digit dialing procedures.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-10-31

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB9816.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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