City Driving Spikes, Rural Driving Falls as Opportunity Shifts
USA Today: The divide between urban and rural America in widening in another area that has nothing to do with politics: driving.U.S. city driving has spiked since 2000, while rural driving has declined in a sudden turnabout that cannot be explained by population trends, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study released Tuesday.
Miles driven in urban environments rose by 33% from 2000 to 2016, according to the study. Miles driven in rural areas fell by 12%. Population changes don’t explain the trend. During the same period, the number of people living in urban areas rose by 19%, while the rural population was flat.