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Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 1969: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration
Free Keywords
automobile use; commuting (travel); driving habits; public transportation; recreation; traffic; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    This survey is the first in the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) series. NPTS was designed to collect information on all trips taken during a 24-hour period, as well as trips of 75 or more miles one-way during the preceding 14 days. Trips made by any means of transportation were recorded, including automobile, walking, bicycle, school bus, motorcycle, and various modes of public transportation. A purpose code was also assigned to each trip: earning a living, family and personal business, educational or religious, and social and recreational. Demographic information was collected on participants as well, including geographic information, age, sex, race, occupation, and employment status of household members, and whether they owned or had access to a car.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1969 / 1970
    Time period: 1969--1970
  • 1969 / 1970
    Collection date: 1969--1970
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
Multistage probability sample of housing units, drawn from every state and the District of Columbia.
Collection Mode
  • It should be noted that, due to the age and incomplete documentation of this dataset, it is in less than optimal condition and is provided primarily to complement the later iterations of this series that ICPSR has acquired. A number of variables have undocumented codes and possibly invalid values and the documentation that does exist is difficult to read. In addition, only a small portion of the data that were originally collected are available in this dataset, which contains only the household information and the Travel Day Report. Questionnaire sections not included are the detailed Automobile Record, Shopping, Travel to Work, and Overnight Travel.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3328 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03328.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration (2002): Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 1969: [United States]. Archival Version. Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.