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REPORT: Young People Driving Less and Increasing Use of Public Tranportation

In April, Metro Transit General Manager Chuck Kamp spoke at a press conference announcing the release of a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group that demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of the last decade.

The report, Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy, shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives.

“For the first time in two generations, there has been a
significant shift in how many miles Americans are driving each year,” said Phineas Baxandall, Senior Transportation Analyst for U.S.PIRG Education Fund and a co-author of the report. “America needs to understand these trends when deciding how to focus our future transportation investments, especially when transportation dollars are so scarce.”

Transportation and the New Generation reveals that for the first time since World War II, Americans are driving less. The report shows that by 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2004.

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