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2013: Another Year of Falling Per-Capita Driving in U.S.
Posted By Tony Dutzik On February 24, 2014 @ 11:43 am In Highway trust fund,VMT | 12 Comments
This post was originally published on the blog of the Frontier Group , where the author is a senior policy analyst.
The number of miles driven in the United States continues to stagnate, even amidst economic recovery, according to just-released figures from the Federal Highway Administration.
According to the agency’s December 2013 Traffic Volume Trends  report, the number of vehicle-miles traveled on U.S. highways increased last year by approximately 0.6 percent – a rate of increase a tick slower than the 0.7 percent rate of population growth in the United States during 2013.
To put this in the context of longer-term trends:
Looking forward, continued stagnation in per-capita vehicle travel would have major implications for public policy:
With Congress on the hook for reauthorizing the nation’s transportation law this year – and with the Highway Trust Fund only months away from going broke  – the latest evidence of continued stagnation in driving demands that our nation’s leaders plot a different course for our transportation future that recognizes changing trends in how Americans travel and focuses scarce resources on addressing America’s 21st century transportation priorities.
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 Frontier Group: http://www.frontiergroup.org/blogs/blog/fg/2013-another-year-falling-capita-driving-us
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 Escape Artistes: http://www.escapeartistes.com/2011/09/17/work-is-work-wherever-you-are/
 Traffic Volume Trends: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/13dectvt/index.cfm
 going broke: http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker
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