Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Report Says 60 Year Driving Boom Is Over

Is the driving boom over? A new report by the Frontier Group says yes. The Frontier Group is a think tank aimed at promoting a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society. They say that Americans drive fewer total miles today than we did eight year ago, and it's due to a number of things, such as high gas prices, less people driving to work with baby boomers retiring and younger people being less dependent on driving.
The report says Americans took nearly 10 percent more trips via public transportation in 2011 than we did in 2005. The nation also saw increases in commuting by bike and on foot. For more numbers, charts and graphs, read the executive summary, which does a great job laying out the numbers and the impact they will have on our future.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.