Driving Declines in Americas Cities
December 4, 2013
by Doug Short
One of my favorite long-term economic indicators has been the historical pattern of vehicle miles driven. I post a monthly update on the topic shortly after the Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Information publishes its latest data on Traffic Volume Trends.
My preferred way to analyze the data is on a per-capita basis, so I was particularly interested in a study release earlier today by U.S. PRIG on the decline of driving in major cities.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
The report, "Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America's Biggest Cities," is based on the most current available government data. It is the first ever national study to compare transportation trends for America's largest cities and lists results for each. Among its national findings:
Here is a link to the full report in PDF format.
Highly recommended is U.S. PRIG's earlier report, "A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future" (also in PDF format).