VMT per household

Maintaining the number of annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the urbanized area is an effective strategy for minimizing increases in infrastructure and maintenance costs. Simultaneously encouraging the use of alternative modes of transportation can allow for increased roadway capacity while still keeping infrastructure and maintenance costs low.

In 2017 (the most recent data available), Champaign-Urbana urbanized area residents traveled 879 million vehicle miles in total, a decrease of 2.3 percent in the total number of VMT from 2014. In every year since 2014, the VMT per household has steadily decreased. The VMT per household has reduced by 4.7 percent in the urbanized area from 2014 to 2017, the equivalent of 730 vehicle miles per household.

The table and chart below show total VMT, total household, and VMT per household in the urbanized area from 2000 to 2015. Note that the urbanized area boundary, defined in the U.S. census, changed in 2010, and was reflected in American Community Surveys since 2012. The change in urbanized area boundary explains the increase in total household number and decrease in VMT per household since 2012.

Annual Vehicle Miles Traveled in the Urbanized Area

Year20002005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Yearly VMT in Million677.81
855.93
854.10
852.28
864.32
885.49
885.13
865.80
874.68887.15899.33894.17879.48879.02
Total household49,71952,68850,93152,16252,77652,51152,30653,09957,68357,57458,005
58,22558,81059,496
VMT per household13,63616,24616,76716,33416,03016,85316,92016,30915,16415,40915,50415,35714,95414,774
Data Source: VMT data from Illinois Department of Transportation, household data from American Community Survey 5 year estimates, U.S. Decennial Census.

VMT PM Summary

Goal Promote healthy communities and improve overall residential quality of life by strengthening existing neighborhoods and housing developments, evaluating and expanding active transportation infrastructure, and promoting energy conservation and environmental quality.
Objective Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMTs) per household within the urbanized area by 5% by 2020.
Performance Measure VMT per household
2016 Rating

In 2015, urbanized area residents traveled 15,357 vehicle miles per household, a slight decrease of 0.9% from 2014. Positive rating.

2017 Rating

In 2016 (the most recent data available), urbanized area residents traveled 14,954 vehicle miles per household, a decrease of 3.5% from 2014.
Positive rating.

2018 Rating

In 2017 (the most recent data available), urbanized area residents traveled 14,774 vehicle miles per household. Positive rating.