VMT

July 25, 2014, 9am PDT
A new report finds that residents of Arizona are driving less—much, much less. Arizonans drive less that they did in the 1990s, in fact. Despite these trends, the state government has not adjusted its traffic forecasting models.
Streetsblog USA
July 7, 2014, 10am PDT
Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter has set a policy goal of becoming the "Greenest City in America," but the city's lack of progress in reducing automobile use is a troubling obstacle to such a lofty goal.
Next City
March 20, 2014, 11am PDT
A recent study claimed that transit ridership had reached the highest levels seen in 57 years. Wendell Cox, however, argues that the narrative about a “fundamental shift” in the transportation paradigm is a misrepresentation of the truth.
New Geography
March 11, 2014, 8am PDT
A recent report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows transit ridership increasing to historic levels. The surprise is that the increase occurs as gas prices have fallen.
American Public Transportation Association
March 11, 2014, 5am PDT
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?
State Smart Transportation Initiative
June 13, 2013, 7am PDT
Using complex transportation modeling, new research published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research confirms that developments built to the standards of LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) reduce driving and associated emissions.
NRDC Switchboard Blog
August 29, 2012, 10am PDT
Two <em>Atlantic</em> editors investigate why the younger generation is not only driving less but also less likely to purchase homes than their baby boomer parents. Is it temporary, a result of a bad economy, or are these behaviors a permanent shift?
The Atlantic (Magazine)
October 3, 2011, 11am PDT
Since 2002, California has added 8.3% more drivers while reducing its gasoline consumption by 3.5%. And while taking the lead, they are not alone in this trend. Credit high fuel prices, economic stress and improved car technology for the reduction.
Los Angeles Times - Business
July 18, 2011, 5am PDT
An Australian study indicates that in large cities in Europe, North America and Australia, driving has 'peaked' largely due to congestion causing a limit to commuter's travel, known as the Marchetti wall.
Fast Company
July 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
When "peak car use" is reached, the only way to go is down, claim Australian scholars Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy. They say we're already there - between 1995 to 2000, per capita VMT in some major cities around the world decreased.
The Infrastructurist
January 2, 2011, 1pm PST
A new study in 8 countries says yes, contrary to government predictions.
Miller-McCune
December 11, 2010, 5am PST
This article from <em>OnEarth</em> magazine looks at ideas for improving transportation in the United States, and offers some illustrations to help explain.
OnEarth
October 16, 2010, 7am PDT
The gas tax is becoming an increasingly outdated and unsustainable idea. This piece from <em>Miller McCune</em> looks at the prospect of replacing it with a tax based on vehicle miles traveled.
Miller-McCune
September 20, 2010, 6pm PDT
A short documentary exploring the development challenges that the City of Ventura faces.
The OpenSpace: News For Central Coast Planners
September 9, 2010, 2pm PDT
Traffic deaths are down almost 10% for last year- in fact, they haven't been this low since 1950. Why?
CNN-Money
Blog post
August 22, 2010, 6pm PDT

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.

US VMT Trends

Todd Litman
June 23, 2010, 7am PDT
A new report from the Urban Land Institute finds that California's VMT-focused Senate Bill 375 can potentially reverse the state's sprawl. Transit-oriented development is seen as a strong strategy.
The City Fix
May 24, 2010, 5am PDT
A video created for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) presents a serious look at what infill development would look like in Ventura and Fullerton.
The Source: Transportation News and Views
May 18, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kenneth Small of UC Irvine shows that higher prices do reduce driving, as do recessions when workers lose their jobs, which is one of the main factors in the recent drop in VMT.
The New York Times - Business Day
April 22, 2010, 12pm PDT
A new report from CEOs for Cities shows that New Yorkers save a lot of moola on their transportation costs because of their city's walkability and transit options.
Streetsblog