Connecticut Residents have cut their per-person driving miles by 3.45 percent since 2005, while the nation’s long term driving boom appears to have ended, according to a new report from the ConnPIRG Education Fund.
“In Connecticut, driving miles are down, just as they are in almost every state—but less,” said Abe Scarr, director of the ConnPIRG Education Fund. “It’s time for policy makers to recognize that the driving boom is over. We need to reconsider expensive highway expansions and focus on alternatives such as public transportation and biking—which people increasingly use to get around.”
The report, “Moving Off the Road: A State-by-State Analysis of the National Decline in Driving,” is based on the most current available government data. Among its findings:
“Connecticut’s investment in critical transit projects like CTfastrak and the New Haven-Springfield commuter rail line show that transportation decisions better reflect changing travel preferences of residents,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit policy watchdog. “That is why the widening of I-84 in Waterbury is misguided, outdated, and a waste of limited resources. The Department would provide more value to taxpayers by redirecting those resources to bolster transit and to improve walking and biking, particularly in downtowns and along main streets.”
Download the report, “Moving Off the Road: A State-by-State Analysis on the National Decline in Driving" at http://connpirgedfund.org/reports/ctf/moving-road
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