VMT

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
April 7, 2010, 12pm PDT
Carol Coletta explains how improving education, lowering VMT and alleviating poverty by as little as 1% each could mean billions of dollars for cities.
The Urbanophile
March 28, 2010, 9am PDT
A preliminary count of all road fatalities in 2009 shows a record low figure of 33,963; almost 9% lower than 2008. The final count is due this summer. While the declining VMT due to a depressed economy was a major factor, the rate declined as well.
The New York Times - Wheels
March 10, 2010, 11am PST
Grist writer Lisa Selin Davis argues that now is the time to make public transit a priority in serving outer suburbs, because the rebounding economy will inevitably lead to increased demand.
Grist
December 27, 2009, 1pm PST
Bay Area non-profit TransForm has launched a new program called GreenTRIP that aims to supplement LEED requirements with a VMT calculation on each project.
Streetsblog
September 3, 2009, 7am PDT
A new report from the National Research Council seeks to establish the scientific basis for the relationships among development patterns, VMT, and energy consumption. So what did they find?
Reconnecting America
May 15, 2009, 8am PDT
Legislation is being introduced in Congress to guide the course of the next five years of federal transportation spending, focusing on reducing per capita vehicle miles traveled and decreasing truck freight shipping.
The Washington Post
May 6, 2009, 2pm PDT
Nate Silver, the baseball stats guy turned election predictor, takes a look at the statistics showing that Americans are driving less.
Esquire
May 4, 2009, 11am PDT
Pricing road use by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) with higher fees for using congested roads could reduce travel time, claim researchers at Brookings.
Brookings
Blog post
March 28, 2009, 6pm PDT

Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not a transportation planner. At the points where transportation planning shares borders with engineering, I tend to zone out and start doodling in the margins. I do, however, have a lifelong interest in transportation, which is why I share the excitement of some of my more transportation-focused colleagues about potential changes in how California measures transportation impacts of projects.

Lisa Feldstein
March 6, 2009, 8am PST
New data show that in 2008 traffic congestion in the nation's cities declined by 30 percent, the result not of new roads or transit, but of modest declines in VMT.
CEOs For Cities
February 27, 2009, 9am PST
Sightline's Clark Williams-Derry looks at low gas prices, a down economy, and vehicle-miles-traveled, noting that the precipitous declines in VMT have halted, and suspects it may plateau.
WorldChanging
July 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Escalating gas prices are depressing, but look on the bright side: a new study shows that they may reduce annual traffic deaths by as much as one-third.</p>
Associated Press via Yahoo News
June 3, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>As gas prices inch beyond $4 a gallon, transit trips increase by 3.3% for the first quarter of the year and vehicle miles traveled drop 4.3% in March.</p>
The Washington Post
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