December 6, 2013

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION UP, DRIVING DOWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Southern California residents are driving less and using transit more than they were a decade ago, according to a study by two national think tanks published this past Wednesday.  The average American drives about 7.6% fewer miles than he or she did in 2004, according to an analysis of federal data released by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.  More Americans now commute to work using bicycles or public transportation, and fewer families own two or more cars.

“The time has come for cities and states to shift their transportation priorities…toward development of new transportation choices for Americans,” authors Benjamin Davis and Phineas Baxandall wrote in the study.  They added that public officials should begin to move money away from highway expansion and toward projects that encourage transit use, bicycling and walking.  Read More
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