Driving Up, But Down Per Capita

New data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled are up to their highest level since 2007. But when population growth is factored in, those levels drop significantly.
March 9, 2011, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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This analysis of the data shows that per capita vehicle miles traveled is actually down in the U.S.

"We've added over 29 million people since 2000, and 7 million people since 2007 alone. So one would expect driving to increase, too. What is interesting to note is that combining the growth in VMT and population shows a per capita driving rate that is not growing and, in fact, is pretty much at the same level as it was in 2000."

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Published on Friday, March 4, 2011 in Brookings Institution
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