February 27, 2017, 9am PST
A new study explores how the built environment influences vehicle miles traveled.
February 22, 2017, 10am PST
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, 8am PST
Joe Cortright argues for a new approach to the discussion about the country's dependence on automobiles: talk about responsibility, not morals.
December 12, 2016, 6am PST
New data released by the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle mile traveled increased three percent for the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Driving has increased continuously since April 2014.
U.S. Department Of Transportation
November 29, 2016, 9am PST
A new study has shown that moving tech shuttle stops from neighborhoods to conform to a new "hub plan" would result in a drop in bus ridership, with most former riders resorting to driving their own vehicles to their Silicon Valley workplaces.
October 5, 2016, 6am PDT
Local and regional transportation planners responded skeptically to data from the Texas Department of Transportation showing Texans driving less.
September 13, 2016, 8am PDT
With record amounts of gasoline burned by America's passenger vehicle fleet which is increasing composed of light trucks rather than cars, and with Americans driving record distances, The Washington Post argues it's time for a carbon tax.
The Washington Post - Editorial
August 29, 2016, 5am PDT
A 9 percent increase in fatalities on the nation's highways compared to the same period in 2015 does not appear to be a result of increased driving, which jumped 3.3 percent during that period, but rather an increase in the rate of fatal crashes.
August 24, 2016, 9am PDT
New driving totals are out for June and and the first six months of 2016, and the news is not good for those who want to see a reduction in what is now the greatest source of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.
U.S. Department Of Transportation
July 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released preliminary fatality estimates for 2015. Deaths jumped by 2,525, an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. Pedestrians and bicyclists saw the biggest increases.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
April 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Help is on the way. The law that requires the governor's planning office to devise an alternative method for measuring vehicle traffic for environmental compliance will also take up where an earlier law that exempted bike lanes from CEQA left off.
April 12, 2016, 1pm PDT
Recent data showing declining transit ridership is only the latest news to cast doubt on expectations of a public transit renaissance.
April 11, 2016, 7am PDT
Last year the U.S. Department of Transportation reported an increase of 3.3 percent in miles-traveled. During that same period, use of toll facilities, i.e., where motorists elect to pay to drive, increased 7.7 percent according to a new analysis.
March 19, 2016, 11am PDT
One of the largest, most influential regional governments in the state has asked for exemptions from changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that will measure Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) instead of Level of Service (LOS).
March 11, 2016, 2pm PST
The San Francisco Planning Commission took historic action earlier this month, voting to end the use of Level of Service in environmental review.
San Francisco Planning Department
March 8, 2016, 2pm PST
Many observers and planners had hoped 2007 was the peak of vehicle miles travelled in the United States. After record-breaking increases in driving and auto sales, what are we to make of the present and future of driving in the United States?
March 2, 2016, 5am PST
2007 had set the prior record, which sparked the term, "peak miles driven" or "peak car." Historically low gas prices and an improved economy have fueled more driving, resulting in a record of 3.148 trillion miles driven last year.
Federal Highway Administration
February 19, 2016, 2pm PST
With more driving comes a lot more deaths on the nation's roads. The question is why traffic deaths increase at a greater rate than vehicle miles traveled.
January 28, 2016, 11am PST
A big moment in the process of updating the California Environmental Equality Act.
January 25, 2016, 6am PST
Pitched as a necessary addition to reduce congestion on interstates 30 and 35E as they pass Downtown Dallas, the Trinity Parkway is likely to induce one million additional vehicle miles traveled a day.