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As cities across the U.S. struggle to sustain transit ridership, Minneapolis and Seattle have distinguished themselves with high rates of non-car commuting, according to a recent report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
Streetsblog's Angie Schmitt reports that despite gaining 30,000 residents between 2007 and 2016, Minneapolis reduced vehicle miles traveled by 2 percent over that time. In Seattle, average daily traffic fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2017.
"Believe it or not, this is a rare feat," Schmitt writes, noting that low gas prices, population growth, and the rise of ride-hailing services have made reducing driving "one of the hardest codes [to crack] in city planning."
The strategies that led to these results won't be surprising to many transportation planners. They fell along three major lines: