Fwd: Americans driving fewer miles
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>Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 9:18 AM PDT
>Americans driving fewer miles
>Sacramento Business Journal
>In the past nine months, Americans drove 53.2 billion miles less than they did during the same period a year ago, a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows.
>The report says rural travel alone dropped 4 percent, while urban travel fell 1.2 percent in the past nine months. Mileage data collected since November of last year was included in the survey.
>When comparing June 2008 statistics with the same month in 2007, the report also concluded that Americans in June drove 12.2 billion miles less when compared with June of 2007.
>The Transportation Department says with Americans traveling less, the fuel tax is proving to be an inefficient means of funding the nation's transportation infrastructure.
>In a statement, the department said, "As Americans drive fewer miles, less revenue is generated for the Highway Trust Fund from gasoline and diesel sales--18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon, respectively. During the first quarter of 2008, motorists consumed nearly 400 million fewer gallons of gasoline, or about 1.3 percent less than during the same period in 2007, and 7 percent less -- or 318 million gallons -- of diesel."
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