Study suggests Driving Boom is over

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 8, 2013 4:09 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Americans are driving less.

A new study from the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group finds per-capita vehicles miles traveled peaked across the country 2004.

The group's Ashley Afranie-Sakyi says per person driving miles in the commonwealth have fallen by more than 10 percent since 2005. The national average is about 7 percent.

Sakyi attributes the decrease to much more than the recent recession.

"Population density also, of course, plays a role," she says. "When you live in urban areas and you have other options, why sit in traffic when you could be getting some work done on a bus or in a train or something like that."

Other factors cited in the report include changes in technology and demographics.

It suggests the sharp decline in driving among Millenials -- America’s largest generation -- indicates the change is more than just a temporary interruption of driving patterns.

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