Dude, Where Are My Cars?
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Throughout the Northwest, transportation planners predict traffic volumes will grow and grow. And they think we need to build massive, multi-billion dollar road projects–including Portland’s Columbia River Crossing, Vancouver’s Gateway Program, and Seattle’s deep-bore tunnel and 520 bridge–to deal with the inexorably rising tide of traffic.
But over the past decade, actual traffic trends have bucked predictions. In some places, traffic volumes have held steady; in others, they’re falling. This conundrum has got Sightline blogger Clark Williams-Derry asking, “Dude, where are my cars?” (Photo credit: danielle scott, flickr, modified)
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How a Washington State transportation council misuses statistics.
And so are the baby boomers.
Through November, 2011 was the lowest-traffic year since 2003
Agency offers a clear-eyed look at its own budget woes.
Agency doesn't even bother to get the facts about SR-520 right.
Measured per person, traffic on Seattle bridges fell 12 percent in 7 years.
In Oregon's most populous county, there was less driving on state highways in 2009 than 1995.
Less driving means less gas tax, means less money for roads.
National survey shows sharp decline in driving among younger Americans.
Northwest traffic started leveling out long before the recession began.