Vermont Transportation by the Numbers
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
In 2013, Vermonters spent almost $1.5 billion to purchase gasoline and diesel fuel — and almost 70% of these expenditures left the state for the purchase of these products from the global petroleum market
Source: VT Comprehensive Energy Plan
Almost half of the greenhouse gases emitted in Vermont are from fossil fuels burned for transportation. This is a higher percentage than the nation as a whole, where about a third of GHGs come from transportation.
Vermonters drive more miles per person per year than other Americans, including those in other rural states.
Vermont's 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan lays out a goal of reducing annual VMT to 2011 levels. This will require a steep reversal of the upward trend of the past few years.
Despite our dispersed land settlement pattern, Vermonters seem to be making a greater effort to walk, bike, and carpool than other Americans, although the number of trips made by these alternatives are low all around.
The vast majority of trips are made in cars, trucks, suvs, vans and motorcycles. A more energy efficient mode like public transit makes up a tiny fraction of trips made in the state. Vermonters take more trips on foot and bikes than other Americans, but these zero emission makes up a small portion of the overall travel.
According to data from the most recent NHTS travel behavior survey (2009), most non-commuting trips were shorter than 2 miles, yet most of those trips were made in a motor vehicle. This raises the question--with better cycling and walking infrastructure, could more of those trips be on foot or by bike?
According to a 2016 survey, most Vermonters walk, at least occasionally.
A much larger percentage of Vermonters never gets on a bike, with a small number cycling regularly.
Despite a drop in 2014, the percentage of Vermont's population that is licensed to drive has risen steadily since 2009. Vermont's population is older, with fewer people under 16, but our low density also contributes to a higher than average license rate.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION STRATEGIES
State and municipal park & ride lots have increased in number, as have opportunities to shift to other modes at The number of transit connections and bike racks at park & ride lots has increased since,
The total number of trips provided by transit agencies throughout the state. Chittenden County residents are the biggest users of transit, although service has expanded in more rural areas of the state in recent years.
Traditional urban and small town bus service makes up the bulk of transit riding, but other, more specialized transit services help Vermonters and tourists get around without cars.