Today’s Headlines

  • State-level transport safety officials embrace texting-while-driving ban (NYT
  • Texas toughens rules against drinking and driving, especially for teens (DMN)
  • Privatized roadside rest stops: Coming soon? (LAT)
  • Michigan’s in need of a fix for its transit-funding woes (Free Press)

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Streetfacts: Americans Are Driving Less

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We continue our Streetfacts series by looking at the data on driving in the U.S. Per-capita driving has declined every year since 2005. That’s not a blip, it’s now an 8-year trend. The reason? Neither the state of the economy nor changes in gas prices offer a satisfactory explanation. Social preferences and demographic shifts seem to […]

Today’s Headlines

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Members of Congress React to Obama’s Deficit Reduction Speech (WaPo) Community Preference Survey: McMansions Are On Their Last Legs, Driving is a Pain (The Atlantic) Despite Being in The Most Dangerous State For Cyclists, Miami Embraces the Bicycle (Herald) Missouri Republicans Try to Overrule Governor on High-Speed Rail (Riverfront Times) New Mexico Governor Vetoes Vulnerable […]

Putting the Recent Uptick in Driving in Perspective

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With gas prices plummeting and employment figures rising, America’s per capita driving rate increased in 2014 for the first time in nearly a decade. But experts warn driving is far from back to its previous historical pattern. According to new data from the Federal Highway Administration, total driving mileage climbed 1.7 percent in 2014, higher than […]

U.S. DOT’s Distracted Driving Summit: Follow it Live

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is hosting a summit on the issue of distracted driving — specifically, driving while texting — with an eye to marshaling support for a national ban on the practice.  To follow the summit as it unfolds, check out the agency’s live-blog or visit the live webcast of the proceedings. The event […]

Driving Apps Are Incompatible With Safe Driving

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Transportation apps aimed at drivers are increasingly ubiquitous. There are apps to help people find a parking space, or to allow drivers to report a pile-up on the interstate to other drivers in real time. But as Ryan Holeywell at Governing Magazine recently pointed out, these apps pose a serious danger to the public. We […]