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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Evidence That Unemployment Doesn’t Explain the Decline in Driving

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For those who say driving rates will pick right back up again when the economy’s really humming, here’s something to chew on: In a report released this morning, “Moving Off the Road,” U.S. PIRG presents further evidence that unemployment rates and driving rates have changed independently of each other. Transportation reformers have made the case that there […]