Peak Travel

An article in Miller-McCune on Peak Travel, following up on a paper by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper (who has a recent paper on the lack of “Peak Travel” in China in the most recent issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use .
We have discussed this idea before, noting that number of cars in US has peaked, VMT in the US has peaked, and so on. So it is no surprise here. (In fact Ajay Kumar and I suggested in 1995 that “with rates for female labor force participation near saturation, the disproportionate rate of growth for traffic volume should be nearing its end.”)

David Metz has a blog and book on this topic The Limits to Travel. This has been a featured topic in a Long Bet.