Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is the miles driven by cars on roads in Thurston County. Overall, the annual per capita VMT has decreased since 1990. With an increasing population, however, the total annual miles traveled for Thurston County has trended upwards, with the exception of 2020 and 2021 which saw a steep decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic followed by a partial rebound.
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card tracks how well the Thurston region is doing at becoming carbon neutral. The goal includes three targets for decreasing annual per capita VMT:
1990 levels by 2020
30% below 1990 levels by 2035
50% below 1990 levels by 2050
Thurston Regional Planning Council, Federal Highway Administration