Commentary

Data chronicle how people adapt to higher gas prices

A survey of drivers in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and El Paso by the statistical analysis firm Nustats provides revealing evidence of how people are adopting to higher gas prices. Most are reducing vehicle miles traveled by combining trips and cutting out some trips altogether. Most are not giving up their cars. Here is the summary provided by the folks at Nustats:

Travel Monitor Survey Results *As a direct result of increasing gas prices ââ?¬â?? people are driving less (67%). *They are doing this by trip chaining (combining trips) and eliminating some trips altogether. To a lesser extent by working from home. *Reduction in VMT not caused by large decreases in driving by individuals but by large numbers of people making slight reductions in the amount they travel (44% driving

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.