Travel Demand

A new RAND Corporation study models motorization growth rates and saturation levels, and identifies potential policies to encourage more efficient transportation in developing countries.
Jul 27, 2014   The Future of Driving in Developing Countries
The Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance, Report To Congress (C&P) is intended to provide decision-makers with an objective appraisal of the physical conditions and operational performa Opinion
May 8, 2014   By Todd Litman
The USDOT's "Conditions & Performance Report" predicts that VMT will grow between 1.36% and 1.85%, although current demographic and economic trends have resulted in flat or negative growth in recent years. Why won't they learn?
Mar 11, 2014   State Smart Transportation Initiative
Demographic and economic trends, and improving transport options, including more carsharing services, are contributing to a long-term decline in automobile ownership and use.
Feb 5, 2014   The Wall Street Journal
The graph below shows the most recent USDOT vehicle-travel data covering the last 25 years. Although vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) grew steadily during most of the Twentieth Century, in recent years the growth rate stopped and even declined a little. It is now about 10% below where it would have been had past trends continued. Opinion
Aug 22, 2010   By Todd Litman
Politicians and planners be warned: you will now be judged according to your ability to improve walking, cycling and public transit services.   Opinion
Apr 12, 2009   By Todd Litman