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Attempt to Undermine VMT Rules Becomes a Bill to Study Their Use Instead

The California Environmental Quality Act added Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as a way to measure transportation impacts, and sprawl supporters are unhappy about it.

January 16, 2024

Will this $750 Billion Plan Solve Southern California’s Traffic Woes?

The projects prioritized in southern California's Regional Transportation Plan would increase driving, rather than work towards meeting state and regional driving reduction goals.

January 10, 2024

California Spends Too Little on Environmentally Friendly Transportation Options

A new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that California allocates less than twenty percent of available transportation funding to low-carbon modes - despite climate and livability goals to increase walking, biking, and transit as modes of choice. At the same time, the state is still investing in highway expansion.

October 5, 2023

Caltrans Explains Why VMT – Vehicle Miles Traveled – Is Such a Concern

And then turns around and says: oh, but new freight truck traffic induced by new highway capacity doesn't count! Really, Caltrans?

September 22, 2023

Which Car-Cutting Strategies Really Work — And Which Ones Will We Accept?

A new study explores what it really takes to cut VMT, and how communities can craft effective plans to transition out of car dependency.

September 5, 2023

How Future Metro Freeway Expansion Could Mitigate Increased Driving – Part 2

VMT mitigation is likely to be a litmus test for Metro's commitment to climate action. Will the mitigation skeptics water the program down to opaque meaninglessness? Or will Metro pivot toward sustainability and equity?

August 18, 2023

Metro to Mitigate Increased Driving on Future Freeway Expansion Projects – Part 1

When CA agencies widen freeways they must mitigate the resulting increase in driving - by including components that get folks out of cars. The requirement took effect in 2020, but grandfathered in current expansion.

August 7, 2023

Making Hiking Accessible Without Cars

Experiencing the majesty of nature shouldn't require a set of keys. Here's how parks around the world are making driving optional.

July 20, 2023

How Copenhagen Measures the Costs of Driving — And Crafts Policy to Reduce Them

The capital of Denmark is constantly doing the math on the true price of car culture. Could America follow their lead?

June 13, 2023