Multimodal Millennials Not So Seduced by Cars

03 Feb Multimodal Millennials Not So Seduced by Cars

multimodal-transportation-400x300In a recent YES! magazine article, community consultant Jay Walljasper claims that young adults are so into walking and biking and riding trains and buses. They are clear on the health, social, and economic advantages of multimodal transportation options. In fact, with millennials leading the change, Americans overall have been driving less (per capita) for the past decade – even before the unwelcome arrival of the Great Recession and $4 (gasp) gas. There are many good reasons for this.

Walljasper lists eleven social and economic benefits that emerge when buses, trains, biking, and walking become an integral part of the urban transportation mix:

  1. They encourage new development along transit corridors (i.e., Transit-Oriented Development or TOD).
  2. They take advantage of the cluster effect.
  3. They drive the real estate market in a new direction (e.g., Walkable Urban Places or WalkUps rise in value).
  4. They help attract the bright, young talent that makes a region thrive (e.g., Denver!).
  5. They help save thousands of dollars for millions of households who opt out of owning a first or second car.
  6. They help level the playing field of access to jobs for minorities and lower income workers.
  7. They offer younger generations the numerous transportation options they crave.
  8. They help older generations stay mobile when they unwilling or unable to drive any longer.
  9. They encourage more daily physical activity, which boosts health and lowers medical costs.
  10. They help relieve traffic congestion.
  11. They help commuters reduce their collective carbon footprint and improve local air quality.

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