Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Millennials and Mobility: Multi-Modal Choices Reduce Congestion

For many Millennials, car ownership has never been the rite of passage that it was for previous generations. According to a new study out today by the American Public Transportation Association, nearly 70 percent of Millennials, people 18 to 34, use multiple travel options, including car-sharing, bicycling, walking, transit, and yes, even car ownership. The study indicates that these multi-modal young people are particularly fond of transit (where it's available) because it allows them to multi-task and socialize while traveling. 

This is good news for motorists. We'll never be able to build our way out of congestion. That idea is an epic fail, as Millennials would say. People who choose modes of transportation other than driving are helping to relieve freeway congestion and improve traffic flow for everyone. And they're probably enjoying their commute more than motorists who are stuck in traffic. 

So, Millennials, we salute you. Same goes for you walkers, bikers, carpoolers, and transit users. You're making choices every day that help reduce congestion and improve air quality. Caltrans' Complete Streets program supports your choices by taking into consideration the needs of ALL users. Here's a snapshot of what Complete Streets is about:

"The Department views all transportation improvements as opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers in California and recognizes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes as integral elements of the transportation system."

Learn more about it here. And if you're a Millennial reading this on a smartphone while riding a bus or train, thank you! And by the way, check out our Twitter feed and the Caltrans QuickMap. Cuz we know you guys are good with this stuff.