This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
It’s not the fanciest graph in the world, but it’s shocking.
This graph is from Clark Williams-Derry’s ongoing series Dude, Where Are My Cars? Our state road building machine is kind of like an optimistic weatherman during a drought in Ethiopia. Just wait – any day now the rain will come. They’ve been building and building roads all with bad predictions about future car use. Despite predictions, we keep driving less.
My favorite quote: “I could have included another projection from the 2006 [DEIS]… But it was getting hard to fit all the wrongness on a single chart.”
If we didn’t have a constitutional requirement to spend all of our gas tax money on building more roads, perhaps these predictions might not have been so optimistic?