The Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is pleased to announce the release of the first wave of survey mailouts for the 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) on March 31st. The NHTS provides detailed information on the public’s use of the transportation system by all motorized and non-motorized modes and is the only source of national statistics and trend data on household travel. The 2016 NHTS along with other NHTS historical data will provide the Department with almost 50 years’ worth of trend data on the travel choices, preferences, and needs of the U. S. public.
The NHTS has served as the foundation for sound national transportation policy, helping the USDOT to assess demand, capacity, and performance of the transportation system.
In addition to revealing trends in travel behavior and providing sound data to develop national policy initiatives, the NHTS is used by state and local planning agencies as a vehicle for collecting robust travel data for local planning. The 2016 NHTS has local participation from 13 areas through the Add-On program. Together with the national sample, the survey will reach approximately 129,000 households. Please visit the NHTS website for a list of Add-on partners and additional information about the study: https://www.nationalhouseholdtravelsurvey.com/
The survey launched data collection in April and continues for one full year. Data from the 2016 NHTS will be available in late 2017. New data items pertaining to recent trends in transportation in the 2016 NHTS include information about health, rideshare, bikeshare, carshare, hybrid and electric vehicles, vehicle dependency, internet shopping, teleworking, and technology usage.
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Adella Santos NHTS Program Manager Office of Highway Policy Information