Typical Three-Car Family in the Twin Cities

This morning the Star Tribune is reporting on a transportation bill passed by the legislature. What seems wrong with this description?

Minnesota legislators set the course Monday for a historic showdown with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, approving a transportation bill that features a gas-tax increase and other revenue hikes that would cost a typical three-car family in the Twin Cities between $250 and $500 a year.

“A typical three-car family”? Since when is a three-car family typical?

Apparently since at least 2005, according to this random data I found. The average number of vehicles per household in the Twin Cities was 2.6, compared to a national average of 2.0. Ouch. No wonder the average Twin Cities household spends more on transportation than housing.

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