I’ve seen this graph cited and reprinted here and there on the interwebs, but it’s worth looking at again, if only to remind ourselves that something fundamentally different for the U.S. economy is underway:

DOT traffic trends

This is from a U.S. Department of Transportation report (PDF) on traffic trends.

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