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Americans Really Downsizing

The Federal Highway Administration reported that Americans drove 1.4 billion miles less in April than they did the year prior, while there was a noted surge in the use of public transport.

Through April, Americans have cut some 20 billion miles from their past behavior, which projects out to a 60 billion decrease for the entire year.

“We’re burning less fuel as energy costs change driving patterns, steer people toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and encourage more to use transit," said the ever vigilant Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said. "Which is exactly why we need a more effective funding source than the gas tax."

More interesting: Sales data from the FHA says midsize SUV sales through May were off 38% vs. the first five months of 2007, while sales of cars reached 57% of all personal vehicle sales.

The times, they are a changin’.

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– Jim Smith

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