The St Louis Federal Reserve has a pretty cool data graphing tool on their website, and I recently learned from Matt Yglesias that they now have vehicle miles traveled (VMT) statistics for the last 40-odd years. I knew per-capita VMT has been down for a few years, even pre-dating the recession. Some of the reasons are explored in this article, so I won’t drill into them in too much detail here. But I was surprised to find that total VMT is also down, even though population has increased. I’ve put a couple more graphs below the fold if you are curious.