- The average number of miles driven per resident fell in nearly three-quarters of America’s largest urbanized areas, from 2006-2011.
- All 100 of the largest urbanized areas saw an increase in the number of people working from home, since 2000.
- The proportion of households without cars increased in 84 out of the 100 largest U.S. urbanized areas, from 2006-2011.
- The proportion of commuters bicycling to work increased in 85 out of 100 of the largest U.S. urbanized areas between 2000 and 2007-2011.
Commuters are driving less in 99% of the biggest U.S. cities
— By Tyler Falk on December 4, 2013, 2:38 PM PST
My guess is the real unemployment rate being north of 13% has something to do with this.
Another contributing factor is probably the additional millions of people added to SSDI since January of 2009. If you are not working you are not commuting.
The scary part is that more than 2.5 million of the people added to SSDI in the past 3 years are in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Meaning they will be supported by the taxpayer for decades to come. Instead of working to pay into the system.
Among the permanent severe disabilities now covered for these young people. Irritable bowel syndrome and work toilet phobia.The fear of using a toilet at work.
Look at the percentage in drop of driving in all of those cities, and
you'll notice that, the drop is directly proportional to the number of
people who became unemployed + the number of people who gave up looking
When people become unemployed, then naturally (DUH!!!), they won't have a need for driving as much.
There are analysts who continue doing studies, but fail to connect the numbers, and keep giving us information that doesn't take all contributing factors into consideration. Dummies!
While US PRIG normally produces important eye-opening reports, this report has ignored the more relevant data.
There is no decrease in Vehicle Miles Traveled, starting at 2004, as was stated in the study.
The downturn in 2007 can more evidently be attributed to the recession and...
Since 2008 the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen from $1.85 to $3.64.
Analysts are prone to labeling every upward movement in financial markets a bubble these days (we have all heard enough about the bond market bubble, the stock market bubble, the tech bubble and the Bitcoin bubble, haven’t we?). Meanwhile, rumors are doing the rounds that the Chinese and European economies may be slowing down.http://bit.ly/1bK1oiq
Is all commuting declining, or just by car. The story lacks appropriate context, though noted the reported increase in working from home as a causal effect.
By comparison, reported this week in the UK that driving remains the most popular indeed 'dominant' method of commuting, even in a busy international capital city like London which is extremely well served by public transport - inc the famous London Underground - as well as having the worlds longest established Congestion Charging Scheme, and awful and expensive parking.
@neil.postlethwaite , good question. They try to cover themselves by saying that these cities are "less impacted by the recession", but offer no solid context beyond that.
The US workforce participation rate is the lowest it has been in generations. The reality is that there is currently less reason for millions of Americans to drive, and fewer people who can afford to as they used to.