Trend shows Michigan drivers are driving less
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:02:25 GMT —
Advocates say Michigan policymakers should wake up to the fact that residents are driving less and start focusing on public transit and biking alternatives.
Per-person driving miles in Michigan are down nearly 7 percent since 2005. It's a trend occurring across the U.S.
Some researchers say the changes are mostly a reflection of the economy and driving could bounce back. Others say the decline in driving reflects fundamental changes in the way Americans view the automobile.
The PIRGIM Education Fund, a consumer group, released a report last week saying now's the time to spend more on public transit and other non-driving modes of transportation in Michigan. Some advocates question why the state spends so much on highway construction.
But others say Michigan highways are deteriorating and need maintenance.