Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study Takes Look at Commuters' Traveling Habits

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study Takes Look at Commuters' Traveling Habits

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WASHINGTON -- Americans go it alone when heading for work but bring along a friend when they hop in the car for a recreational or social trip.

That's the word from a new government study of daily travel by Americans, who make a billion trips a day to the store and school and work and other engagements.

Nearly nine out of 10 of those trips involves a personal car and the average number of people in it is 1.59, the Federal Highway Administration found. Folks commuting to work were more likely to be alone, though, averaging 1.14 people per auto, while trips to social and recreational events found 2.17 people per car. The National Personal Transportation Survey collected data on all forms of transportation used by 42,000 households across the nation for daily travel between March, 1995 and June 1996. Of 1.06 billion daily trips, it found that about 86.1 percent involved private cars, including 41.7 percent with only one occupant. Walking was the second most common method of travel, covering 5. …

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