Sadly for some, Americans are driving less and using less gasoline.
Locally, increasing numbers of citizens are riding bicycles or opting for public transportation. Still others are buying scooters, mopeds and electric vehicles. To make matters worse, impending federal fuel efficiency standards are poised to further reduce vehicle fuel consumption. As a result of this perfect storm of disruptive trends, gasoline tax receipts continue to decrease significantly. Nationally, those seeking economy and energy independence are reportedly contributing to the ‘crumbling’ of America’s transportation infrastructure, ‘crippling economic growth, and hindering the development of sustainable, efficient communities’.