Montgomery County VMT Holds Steady—Despite 100,000 New Residents

Montgomery County, Maryland—located immediately to the north of Washington D.C.—is embracing the trend of driving less while opting for other forms of transportation.
April 25, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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“Montgomery County has 100,000 more residents than 10 years ago, but the amount of driving in the county has actually stayed the same, says a new study on how people get around,” writes Dan Reed.

“Drivers traveled about 7.3 million miles on state roads in the county in 2012. It's a slight decrease from 2011, but about the same as in 2002, when the county had just over 900,000 residents, compared to 1.005 million residents today.”

Reed pulled the data from the Mobility Assessment Report prepared by the Montgomery County Planning Department. Reed’s article also includes analysis of growing numbers of pedestrians and bikers inside the Beltway as well as increased bus ridership in the Upcounty.

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Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Greater Greater Washington
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