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Nationwide Personal Transportation Study, 1983: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile use; carpools; commuting (travel); driving habits; public transportation; traffic; travel; vehicles
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1983 NPTS Household
    • DS2: 1983 NPTS Person
    • DS3: 1983 NPTS Travel Day Trip
    • DS4: 1983 NPTS Vehicle
    • DS5: 1983 NPTS Travel Period Trip
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1983
  • 1983-02 / 1984-01
    Collection date: 1983-02--1984-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Total civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.
National probability sample of approximately 7,900 households selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
2006-01-18 File CB8661.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8661 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Evans, Leonard. Older driver involvement in fatal and severe traffic crashes. Journal of Gerontology.43, (6), S186-S193.1988.
  • (author unknown). Personal Travel in the United States, Volumes I and II. Washington, DC: United States Department of Transportation. 1986.

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

U.S. Department of Transportation (1987): Nationwide Personal Transportation Study, 1983: [United States]. Version 1. Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.