News Brief: FHWA releases report on school travel

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Policy has published Travel to School: The Distance Factor. According to independent research using data from the National Household Travel Survey, distance is one of the major factors in the shift in mode to private vehicle by schoolchildren. The analysis also found that safety and security concerns are significant factors in parents' decision to let their children walk to school, especially girls.

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Conducted since 1969 by FHWA, the National Household Travel Survey is the nation's inventory of daily and long-distance travel. The NHTS is has been the nation's flagship survey to quantify the travel behavior of the American public. The survey has provided the nation with authoritative data on travel by all modes of transportation, for all travel purposes, and all travel distances.