The Common Good
July-August 2001

Why Driving Is Too Cheap

by Rose Marie Berger, Susannah Hunter | July-August 2001

$446.3 billion "social cost" of driving in 2000* (18 cents/mile)

$446.3 billion "social cost" of driving in 2000* (18 cents/mile)

$189 billion amount of social cost paid by drivers (7.6 cents/mile)

$257.3 billion amount of social cost paid by non-drivers and society at large (10.4 cents/mile)

2.7 trillion miles driven on U.S. highways (2000)

9.1 billion trips on American mass transit (1999)

9.4 billion trips on American mass transit (2000)

1 percent portion of total trips using bicycles (1995)

* Social costs include those imposed by crashes, pollution, noise, and congestion.

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