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Alcohol and gasoline prices: Their impact on traffic fatalities and the economy

By Logan Dredske Alcohol and gasoline prices are having unexpected impacts on traffic fatalities, as well as causing damage to economies. A study by Onyumbe Enumbe B. Lukongo, an economics professor at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, explored the relationship between per

Economy, gas prices pushed driving upward in 2015, but less than in past years

By Chris McCahill The number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. increased by 4.4 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by FHWA last week, setting a new record of 3.1 trillion miles. VMT per capita, which adjusts for population growth, increased by 3.6 percent, meaning that the

Factors affecting the decline in VMT: A new SSTI report

By Chris McCahill SSTI has released a paper outlining factors contributing to the recent decline in American driving and the implications for transportation planning. As previously reported, per capita VMT has decreased steadily for the past eight years, resulting in a slight decrease in overall

A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future (U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group, 2013)

Americans drive fewer total miles today than we did eight years ago, and fewer per person than we did at the end of Bill Clinton’s first term. The unique combination of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom – from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom

Getting Around When You’re Just Getting By: The Travel Behavior and Transportation Expenditures of Low-Income Adults (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2011)

This report examines how rising transportation costs affect low-income families. The research used in-depth interviews with 73 adults to determine travel behavior and transportation spending patterns; the costs and benefits of alternative modes of travel; cost management strategies; and opinions

First quarter of 2012 shows more people are switching to transit

By Bill Holloway As per-capita VMT has begun to decline, an increasing number of people are riding the nation’s transit systems. According to APTA (American Public Transportation Association), transit ridership in the first quarter of 2012 increased 5 percent over 2011 levels. Light rail

Transportation needs are changing, but gas price isn’t the major factor, think tank says

By Eric Sundquist Gasoline makes headlines when it reaches $4 per gallon, but this price benchmark has less affect on travel behavior than many assume, according to a new white paper by The Mobility Collaborative. The paper supports a recent SSTI analysis that also cast doubt on the power of gas

Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy (Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund, 2012)

A new report released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade. This trend away from driving is even more pronounced among young people (age 16-34.) What are the

Transit ridership continues upward trend in 2011

As Congress debated stripping dedicated transit funding from the new transportation bill, transit agencies around the country struggled with the choice of raising fares or cutting service. Meanwhile, VMT continued to decrease, and the American Public Transit Association announced that 2011 saw

Potential Impact of Gasoline Price Increases on U.S. Public Transportation Ridership, 2011-2012 (APTA, 2011)

Price increases in gasoline cause related increases in transit ridership. This report provides a model that projects future increases in transit ridership that will accompany rises in gasoline prices. Download the full report here.