Many observers and planners had hoped 2007 was the peak of vehicle miles travelled in the United States. After record-breaking increases in driving and auto sales, what are we to make of the present and future of driving in the United States?
Though the role for planners in making it easier to walk was clear even before the U.S. Surgeon General urged communities to design and plan for walking, more information is needed to understand why and where people choose to travel on foot.
Contrary to the prevailing narrative about decreasing vehicle miles traveled runs a constant decline in the number of carpools. Very little is known about why Americans are carpooling so much less, so can mobile apps hope to reverse the the trend?
Over the past few years a variety of documents ranging from
contemporary media to more serious research efforts have addressed the cost of
auto ownership and use.These estimates
are often used to address two important transportation issues, the household
benefits of using transit in lieu of auto ownership and/or the consideration of
household location decisions in the context of the total cost of housing and
transportation.Two often referenced sources of research on
these issues are the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s (CNT) initiatives in
developing a housing and transportatio