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Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

August 3, 2020, 9am PDT
Reports last week that the U.S. economy is about 30 percent smaller than before the pandemic aren't reflected in driving trends.
Smart Cities Dive
July 1, 2020, 12pm PDT
At long last, California law will consider the amount of driving, rather than vehicle delay, when evaluating the environmental impacts of new developments. This is a more common-sense approximation of their environmental impacts.
Streetsblog California
March 4, 2020, 5am PST
City Observatory research shows that urban regions where residents drive less and rely more on other travel modes have more independent restaurants and more varied dining options. Bon appetit for walking, bicycling and public transit.
City Observatory
Blog post
February 13, 2020, 5am PST
Many jurisdictions have vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction targets, intended to reduce congestion and pollution. They can also provide large but often overlooked traffic safety benefits.
Todd Litman
February 12, 2020, 10am PST
A new report estimates the cost of inaccurate maps for delivery companies in the billions of dollars.
Smart Cities Dive
November 19, 2019, 12pm PST
A small group of test subjects, enabled with the use of a chauffeur, increased driving distances by a collective 83 percent.
Jalopnik
November 6, 2019, 8am PST
A new report looks at how the increase of ride-hailing in Chicago is affecting infrastructure and mobility.
Streetsblog Chicago
September 9, 2019, 10am PDT
European researchers have published a new study in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment that might be a hard pill to swallow for some transit advocates.
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
August 12, 2019, 9am PDT
The Los Angeles City Council voted to officially end the use of Level of Service in measuring environmental impact in favor of a more people-friendly measure: vehicle miles traveled.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
Blog post
July 1, 2019, 5am PDT
A few graphs provide insights into factors that affect the amount of motor vehicle travel in a community, and how driving can be reduced.
Todd Litman
March 31, 2019, 1pm PDT
In a powerful opinion in The New York Times, state Senator Scott Wiener and UC Berkeley energy professor Daniel Kammen make the case that transportation emissions are rising in the Golden States because of the shortage of housing in coastal cities.
The New York Times
February 19, 2019, 7am PST
Minneapolis and Seattle bucked national trends by increasing active transportation and use of public transit in recent years.
Streetsblog USA
February 6, 2019, 10am PST
Ride-hailing companies have yet to deliver on many of the transportation system improvements that they, and their supporters, have been promising. Streetsblog USA provides a scathing critique of the consequences of widespread ride-hailing.
Streetsblog USA
February 4, 2019, 9am PST
Students at the University of California, Los Angeles are using ride-hailing companies to get between classes on campuses. The effect is far from the congestion and emissions reducing idea many hoped for from companies like Uber and Lyft.
Daily Bruin
January 31, 2019, 7am PST
Conventional planning evaluates transport system performance car-centric indicators such as roadway Level-of-Service (LOS). Many jurisdictions are shifting to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), which supports multimodal planning and Smart Growth policies.
Fehr and Peers via YouTube