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Vehicle Miles Traveled

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Early in the pandemic, bike sales soared and vehicle miles traveled plummeted. As people have been driving more, more people have also been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research
July 24, 2020, 6am PDT
An annual survey by the Mineta Transportation Institute found new levels of support for a change in the way the federal government raises money from, and for, highway infrastructure.
Streetsblog USA
June 7, 2020, 9am PDT
Vehicle miles traveled, collisions, and collision-related injuries have been impacted by shelter-in-place orders nationwide. The level of impact, however, largely varies by region.
Transport Topics
May 15, 2020, 7am PDT
Some motorists see open roads as an opportunity for stress relief. Transportation officials urge motorists to slow down, citing dramatically increased rates of speeding since the onset of the pandemic.
The Washington Post
December 17, 2019, 10am PST
Many transportation challenges could be solved by a more informed understanding of price elasticity of demand, according to this article.
City Observatory
November 27, 2019, 8am PST
Unlike for land use regulations, state law doesn't require Caltrans to switch from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled in measuring the environmental impact of projects. The state department of transportation is making the change anyway.
Streetsblog California
October 18, 2019, 10am PDT
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last month directing state agencies to consider climate goals in their spending and operations. Two weeks later, three highway widening projects were deleted, and locals are crying foul.
Streetsblog California
September 21, 2019, 9am PDT
With the formal announcement by the EPA and the U.S. DOT on Thursday that the "One National Standard" rule has been issued, California's zero-emission standard, which applies to ten other states, is essentially on hold.
InsideClimate News
March 29, 2019, 7am PDT
The use of level of service (LOS) to gauge the success of roadway networks has shaped and influenced cities in many negative ways.
Brookings / The Avenue
March 4, 2019, 10am PST
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.
CityLab
Blog post
January 22, 2019, 10am PST
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.
Michael Lewyn
January 8, 2019, 10am PST
The California Natural Resources Agency posted the final version of amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act, enabled by 2013's SB 743, at the end of 2018.
Streetsblog California
August 17, 2018, 1pm PDT
A first attempt at quantifying the travel of ride-hailing vehicles at the local level finds companies like Lyft and Uber with a massive footprint.
The Seattle Times
August 7, 2018, 2pm PDT
State attorneys general and green groups are gearing up to fight the emissions rule rollback. Mayors would have a greater climate impact by helping their constituents drive less, argues Alissa Walker.
Curbed
July 9, 2018, 12pm PDT
Two powerful governmental bodies that deal with very different aspects of transportation—one with meeting mobility needs, the other with its impact on health and the environment—met formally for the first time on June 27.
Streetsblog California
June 7, 2018, 11am PDT
Millennials are bringing back the road trip.
Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
May 16, 2018, 2pm PDT
According to an analysis of U.S. National Travel Surveys, the Millennial preference for non-automotive travel is mostly hype. Millennials show behavior similar to other age groups and respond to the economy.
Transfers
April 23, 2018, 11am PDT
AB 2923, which would allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to rezone their properties near stations for transit-oriented development, passed its first committee. The California chapter of APA objects to the preemption of local land use authority.
California Chapter of American Planning Association
April 20, 2018, 9am PDT
Data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey reveals that circumstances may be forcing lower-income young people to drive greater distances.
State Smart Transportation Initiative
February 11, 2018, 11am PST
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.
University Of Michigan