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Cali is Driving a Billion Fewer Miles than Last Year

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The US Dept. of Transportation released its report (.pdf) on miles driven in the country for June 2008. It found that Californians drove more than billion fewer miles this year when we drove 28.8 billion miles than June 2007. That's a 3.7 % drop.

Still, California topped the nation in miles driven. But as Dan Walters at SacBee's California by the Numbers The Numbers blog notes, "we're more than all of other 12 Western states combined, and we're more than 10 percent of the nation's automotive travel. And since the state consumes roughly 1.3 billion gallons of automotive fuel each month (that number comes from the Board of Equalization), the state's vehicles are averaging about 22 miles to the gallon."

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It must be that travel to Santa Barbara Car Free program they've got going.