IELTS Line Graph 2 - Writing Task 1

The graph below shows the average number of American commuters travelling each day by car, bus or train between 1980 and 2040.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the average number of American commuters travelling each day by car, bus or train between 1980 and 2040

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words. 

Sample Answer:

The given line graph depicts data for three distinct forms of transport used by workers in America on a daily basis from 1980 to 2040.

Overall, cars and trains have been the preferred means of transport among American commuters since the beginning of the period, with the future prediction of even more travellers using these two modes of transportation. However, the number of bus passengers decreased steadily throughout the same time period.

In 1980, around 6 million American commuters travelled by car on a daily basis, and then the number of car users fluctuated until 2010, at which point they rose steadily with a prediction of over 9 million car users by 2040. Additionally, rail passengers followed a similar rising trend, and the number of train users is forecasted to rise to nearly 7 million by 2040.

In contrast, buses were used by around 4 million people at the start of the period, but the number of bus users fell by nearly 1 million in 2010. Moreover, buses are projected to become a less popular choice, with only 2 million daily users by 2040.