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UMTRI: More driving on city streets, less on country roads

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:46 pm
by GRA
Via GCC: ... umtri.html

Despite a plethora of alternative transportation modes—buses, trains, bicycles—city dwellers are driving more miles than ever, say University of Michigan researchers. In a new study using data from the US Department of Transportation, Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the U-M Transportation Research Institute examined the annual distance driven by locale and type of roadway in both urban and rural areas in the US from 2000 to 2016.

They found that during that time, urban distance driven increased by 33%, while rural distance driven decreased by 12%. Overall distance driven (combining both urban and rural) rose by 15%—the same rate of increase for US resident population since 2000. . . .

Sivak and Schoettle say that a 19% increase in urban population from 2000 to 2016 can account for only 58% of the increase in urban distance driven. Further, rural distance driven decreased despite the fact that the rural population has remained virtually unchanged since 2000. .
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