Peak Car

Commuter Traffic

Gas Prices and Vehicle Miles Traveled Analyzed Since 2000

Urban economist Joe Cortright examines the connection between gas prices and driving in the U.S. over the last two decades. Prices matter: increased gas prices results in decreased driving, providing the prices persist for the long-term.

March 4, 2019 - CityLab

Cars

Learning from the National Household Travel Survey

The Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that transit use is rising and household vehicle miles traveled are declining—but other data sources paint a more ambiguous picture.

January 22, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

Traffic

Peak Motorization: Measuring Rates of Auto Ownership and Distances Driven

Passenger vehicle ownership and vehicle miles traveled per person and per household remain below their historic peaks set in 2006 and 2004, respectively, but they have been on the upswing for the past four to five years, according to new data.

February 11, 2018 - University Of Michigan

Los Angeles Traffic - The Newhall Pass

April FHWA Report Shows Americans Continue to Drive More

There is good news in the most recent Federal Highway Administration Travel Trends report—if you look hard enough.

June 25, 2017 - AASHTO Journal

Suburban House

Millennials Leading a Decline in Car Ownership in Some U.S. Cities

The young and the recently arrived in Seattle are less and less likely to own a car, according to new Seattle Times analysis of Census data.

May 13, 2017 - The Seattle Times

Traffic

2016 Sets New U.S. Driving Record as Gas Prices Remain Low

So much for the 2015 record of 3.148 trillion miles. Last year saw a cumulative travel increase of 2.8 percent to 3.218 trillion miles, setting a new record as cheap gas contributed to increased driving.

February 22, 2017 - E&E News

Gas Pump

U.S. Gasoline Consumption Might Decline Despite Love Affair with SUVs

Gasoline consumption in the U.S. peaked in 2007, but began climbing in late 2014 with the decline in gas prices. Last year almost set a new record, but increases in gas prices, fuel efficiency and more EVs could reverse the direction—but when?

January 24, 2017 - Oil Price

Nighttime Traffic

Peak Car Revisited

U.S. vehicle travel increased 3.2% (8.6 billion vehicle miles) in total and 2.0% per capita between Junes 2015 and 2016. That is a new peak in total VMT, but a 2.75% reduction in per capita VMT. Will these growth rates continue into the future?

August 27, 2016 - Peak Car Revisited

Vancouver transit

Three Urban Transportation Experts Discuss Post 'Peak Car' Urban Planning

Emily Badger, Washington Post Journalist; Peter Newman, sustainability author and professor in Perth; and Robert Puentes of Eno Center discuss the changes in transportation planning now that car trips are on the wane in urban centers.

August 13, 2016 - The Diane Rehm Show

Highest Gas Prices are Lowest in 11 years

Yes, gas prices are both lowest and highest. When compared to past Memorial Day weekends, it's the lowest since 2005, and by no coincidence the highest amount of travelers will take to the roads since the same year. Guess what that is doing to VMT?

May 30, 2016 - Daily Fuel Gauge Report (AAA)

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San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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City of San Mateo

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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