Here's how the numbers play out. PIRG says US vehicle miles per capita reached a zenith of about 10,000 miles in 2004 and has since fallen to closer to 9,000 miles. Almost three-quarters of the largest US cities had a drop in average miles per capita. Moreover, the number of vehicles per licensed driver is down four percent since 2006, and the percentage of driving-age Americans with licenses is at a 30-year low.
The percentage of driving-age Americans with licenses is at a 30-year low.
Geographically, the New York City area, Washington, D.C. and Austin, TX, were the metro areas with the largest declines in private-car commenting. Biking to work is pretty much universally on the upswing, even beyond the granola-heavy areas, but more importantly, about 60 percent of US cities have seen a rise in recent years of public transit commuting. If you'd like to know more than these Peak Ca highlights, so grab yourself a cup of coffee and check out PIRG's 62-page report here and check out another definition of "Peak Car" here.