Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A stunning drop in driving

American drivers rolled through 9.6 billion miles less in May than a year earlier, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

That's a big drop.

"We have seen the longest decline in vehicular miles traveled since we started collecting this data," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, quoted by CNN.

Peters said that in the first four months of this year, Americans traveled 40.5 billion miles less compared with the same period in 2007....Many of these commuters are flocking to trains, buses and bikes, or telecommuting from home.

Fewer miles and a surging demand for transit: That must be why our State Department of Transportation, governor and county executive want to build bigger, really expensive freeways that we can't afford to maintain while killing transit with a million tiny-to-medium-sized cuts.

The FHA said that driving in May experienced the third-largest monthly drop since the agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation that manages the nation's highways and bridges, began collecting data 66 years ago. It was the largest drop for any May, a month that usually sees driving increase due to the Memorial Day holiday, the agency said. Three of those largest monthly declines have occurred since December, as unusually high fuel prices take a toll on drivers.

1 comment:

jon said...

So that means, using WiDOT logic...build more roads and widen the one we already have?

All joking aside, haven't Americans in general driving less this year?