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Maryland PIRG
The Baltimore Business Journal
Ryan Sharrow

You may not notice it from your daily commute but Marylanders are driving less.

Marylanders have cut their per-person driving miles by 4 percent since 2005, according to a new report from the Maryland PIRG Foundation.

The decline mirrors a national trend. Across the U.S., 45 states have reduced per-person driving since 2005, the report said.

The average annual vehicle miles traveled by Marylanders in 2011 was 9,646. That’s lower than neighboring states like Virginia (10,001) and Pennsylvania (7,785.)

Maryland’s peak average vehicle miles since 2005 came in 2007, when drivers logged 10,057 miles.

“It’s time for policy makers to wake up and realize the driving boom is over,” Joanna Guy, program associate for the Maryland PIRG Foundation, said in a statement. “We need to reconsider expensive highway expansions and focus on alternatives such as public transit and biking — which people increasingly use to get around.”

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