Mobility Facts and Trends
The U.S. is losing two acres of farmland, open space and wildlife habitat
every minute to sprawling development (American Farmland Trust).
The average American spends 443 hours per year behind the wheel driving 10,000
miles (U.S. Department of Transportation).
The annual time idling in traffic jams in large U.S. cities rose from 11 hours
per person in 1982 to 36 hours in 1999, creating ìcongestion costsî estimated at
$78 billion (Texas Transportation Institute).
U.S. taxpayers subsidize the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $210 billion
per year and subsidize automobile use at $257 billion a year, adding up to over
$3,000 per taxpayer (Earth Policy Institute).
The transportation sector generates one-third of Americaís greenhouse gas
emissions (about eight percent of total global emissions) and is the
fastest-growing source (Environmental Protection Agency).
For more information, contact: Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847
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