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What does a typical travel day look like in the U.S.?

Understanding national travel behaviors

Understanding how, when, and why residents of the U.S. move from place to place throughout a typical day is key for the FHWA, state departments of transportation, regional metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and other policymakers in fields like safety and the environment.

Maintaining national transportation data trends in travel behavior across time is a long-standing goal of the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), which has been conducted every 5 to 8 years since 1969, and was conducted most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Helping to identify transportation system needs and plan for improvements are other functions of the NHTS.

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