Nationwide Personal Transportation Study, 1983: [United States] (ICPSR 8661)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
U.S. Department of Transportation


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This data collection supplies national data on the nature and characteristics of travel. Information is provided for all types of personal trips taken during a designated 24-hour period, or travel day. Additional data are available for trips of 75 miles or further (one-way) that were taken during the preceding 14-day travel period. Trips and travel are described by purpose, mode of transportation, trip length, day of the week, time of day, vehicle used, and vehicle occupancy. Data about long trips include the date on which the trip started and ended. The Household File contains items on family income, number of household vehicles, availability of public transit, number of licensed drivers in the household, and number and length of trips taken. The Person File provides demographic characteristics of members of the household as well as variables on carpooling, distance to work, work-related travel, seatbelt use, and child safety restraints. The Day Trip and the Period Trip Files offer information on the length and purposes of trips and the means of transportation used, while the Vehicle File details vehicle make and model, seating capacity, type of fuel used, and safety devices in vehicle.

U.S. Department of Transportation. Nationwide Personal Transportation Study, 1983:  [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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1983-02 -- 1984-01

National probability sample of approximately 7,900 households selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Total civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.

personal interviews, and telephone interviews

survey data



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