Less Driving Could Impact Transportation Policies
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 14, 2013
A new report by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group finds more Americans are leaving the driving to others.
The report shows that the number of miles driven in the U.S. is down for the eighth year.
NJPIRG state director Jen Kim says the biggest decline is among 16-to-34 year- olds who want to live in urban and walkable neighborhoods and are more open to using public transit.
She expects that trend to continue and have an impact on government priorities for transportation infrastructure.
“We don’t need to spend as much on things like roads and highways and should instead switch to things like bike lanes, more public transportation options, buses, trains.”
Kim says a continued reduction in driving will have an impact on the states major source of transportation funding.
“As people drive less and less and purchase less gas then the gas tax funding which traditionally is used to fund roads is going to drop as much as 74 percent. So we definitely need to find more sources of funding for transit and make sure that’s a priority so we can have sustainable transit funding for the future.”