Chart of the Day: Key Transportation Statistics, US vs. Peer Countries

Here’s a handy chart that shows how the USA ranks a set of against other peer countries like Canada, Japan, Australia and a bunch in Europe. Red is the color the chart uses to denote its “worst” ranking.


Some of the data is newer, some is older.

Not much to add about this one. The reason there are so many new car registrations in Japan are because the government there bans cars that are older than a certain number of years.


5 thoughts on “Chart of the Day: Key Transportation Statistics, US vs. Peer Countries

  1. Daniel HartigDaniel Hartig

    Come on, cheap gas is good. Cheap gas means low taxes. High taxes on consumables are highly regressive; that is they hit the poor harder than the rich. Less gas usage is a good end; but taxing the poor to get there is a bad means.

    1. Bill LindekeBill Lindeke Post author

      IMO, cheap gas is not good.

      There are better ways to help poor people than by subsidizing a technology that is polluting our atmosphere, spewing harmful particulate pollution in poor neighborhoods, and comes at great environmental and social cost during its production and transportation. We should increase gas taxes until they begin to reflect the true social and environmental costs of its use.

    2. Adam MillerAdam Miller

      Cheap gas is a major obstacle to good transit, for lack of funds and lack of will to not drive, forcing the poor to drive, which is expensive.

      And that’s leaving aside the externalities that Bill mentions.

    3. Walker AngellWalker Angell

      Other countries use gas taxes as a way to have those who drive cover the costs of their driving. E.G., people and companies pay for what they use. It’s an imperfect solution but with the available technologies was the best option. The U.S. is quite different and we subsidize people’s use of roadways with most of the costs born by the general population instead of by those who make decisions about driving or carry loads. According to FHWA, 92% of local road costs are born by the general population and not by drivers.

      Today we can more easily institute a true wheelage fee system based on weight, speed and miles that will be much more accurate and will capture this from the growing fleet of electric cars. With drivers (and decision makers) paying truer costs of driving and seeing what those costs are instead of these costs be hidden within the tax system they can make decisions that should be better for all of us.


  2. kareen fang

    Lots the most polluted cities are trying to reduce driving into the city centers,here we are expanding highways and cut transit funding while subsidizing parking .
    Unless the GOVT and businesses eliminate FREE PARKING pollution and congestion will increase while transit use will continue to decline.

    I used to work with a guy who lived at 4th St /Henn downtown who has subsidized housing but drives a car to work which is one block from the Blue line to my work place and get free parking at this apartment which the city subsidized ,the city owned the parking lot 1/4 block which is used for parking for the residents /visitor.
    My last job downtown my employer used to pay over$200/month for underground parking but gave bus riders nothing . The employees used to complain about having to walk across the street.

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