New Transportation Options Needed as Americans are Driving Less

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From Advertising Age:

In 1978, nearly half of 16-year-olds and three-quarters of 17-year-olds in the U.S. had their driver’s licenses, according to Department of Transportation data. By 2008, the most recent year data was available, only 31% of 16-year-olds and 49% of 17-year-olds had licenses, with the decline accelerating rapidly since 1998. Of course, many states have raised the minimum age for driver’s licenses or tightened restrictions; still, the downward trend holds true for 18- and 19-year-olds as well (see chart) and those in their 20s.

It’s not just new drivers driving less. The share of automobile miles driven by people aged 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey released earlier this year…

Today, only 30 of the 100 metropolitan areas that account for three quarters of U.S. population have trains, but Mr. Draves said pressure is building to build more. Denver, Charlotte, N.C., and Portland, Ore., are among those with systems under development, and Cincinnati is debating the development of a streetcar system that would link its downtown with uptown neighborhoods increasingly popular with young professionals.

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2 thoughts on “New Transportation Options Needed as Americans are Driving Less

    5chw4r7z said:
    June 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Interesting in the comments everyone debated the real reason driving is declining. Don’t understand their point, what ever the reason is, people can’t afford to drive like they used to, its damn expensive.
    Give us options now Cincinnati.

    Tips for Driving in the Rain | Automotive News said:
    February 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

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