Motor vehicle travel demand continues long-term downward trend in 2011

Despite an improving economy, motor vehicle travel declined markedly in 2011, continuing a downward trend with major implications both for infrastructure revenue and infrastructure needs.

Total VMT fell 1.2 percent from 2010, to its lowest level since 2003.

More striking, per capita VMT was down for the sixth out of the last seven years, dropping to 1998 levels. Per capita VMT dropped 2.1 percent from 2010.

A PDF version of the February 20, 2012 SSTI analysis of VMT trends is available for download.