Young Americans are driving less, using public transit more

April 05, 2012

Young people are driving less now than they were just a few years ago. The cost of gasoline and social media are two of the factors according to a study released today. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.

 AL MACIAS: For the first time since World War II, all Americans are driving less. And the trend among young drivers is more pronounced. Serena Unrein is with Public Interest Research Group which conducted the survey. She says there are a growing number of young people who don’t have driver’s licenses.  

SERENA UNREIN:  From 2001 to 2009 the number of miles traveled by 16- to 34-year-olds on public transit increased by 40 percent. They want to spend their time on their cell phones and they want to get around easily without being stuck in traffic.

 MACIAS: Here in Arizona, all drivers decreased the miles driven by 9 percent from 2004 to 2007 which is an even bigger drop than the national average. 

Read the report Transportation and the New Generation.

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