|A New Direction report: We're Driving Less!|
They are immune!
But here is is again:
|The Driving Boom is now over.|
You can download the 64pp report here.
Fancy infographic here.
Update, August 31st
A couple of days ago OSPIRG released Moving Off the Road: A State-by-State Analysis of the National Decline in Driving.
From the conclusion:
America’s six-decade Driving Boom lasted so long with such consistent increases in driving that it came to be seen like an immutable law of nature. The evidence suggests that there has been a long-term shift toward stagnant or even declining driving. It may be tempting to dismiss this shift as merely a temporary side effect of the recession, but the evidence does not support this view. Looking at state-level trends further confirms that the decline in driving is about more than an economic aftershock.The full report (31pp) can be downloaded here.
Accepting that the Driving Boom has ended presents an enormous opportunity. Our transportation system remains oriented to the goals of the 1950s, focused on creating new highways and expanded mobility for a new era of expanding automobile ownership. To the extent that driving rates no longer climb, it makes it easier for America to shift priorities. Revising forecasts about future driving will make it easier to achieve billions of dollars in savings by not building new highways and expanding old ones. It will be easier to dedicate highway funds to repairing and maintaining bridges and roads that are in disrepair. And it makes it easier to prioritize investment in other modes of transportation that are expanding rapidly, such as public transit, biking, walking and intercity rail.
Here's another one.
Transportation in Transition came out a couple of weeks ago and in it OSPIRG took another run at driving decline denialism.
Will it make any headway?
The full report (63pp) can be downloaded here.