Driving Down, Transit Up
(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Americans–especially younger people–are driving less. Figures from 2001 to 2009 showed a 23% drop in driving by young adults.
The advocacy group PIRG used the numbers as the focal point of an event at UNLV touting the benefits of driving-reduction.
The group has praised efforts by the University and the Regional Transit Authority to reduce auto travel and energy use and increase environmental awareness and pollution reduction.
RTC’s new Transit Center at UNLV has opened in the last year. UNLV’s parking services director Tad McDowell tells KXNT that RTC offers attractive rider discounts for students and members of the university community, is instituting a ride-sharing program whereby students who take transit to school can nonetheless borrow an auto for an errand or emergency, and has built four re-charging stations on campus for increasingly populat electric cars.
Sam Wilson-Moses of PIRG says another purpose of the driving-reduction event is to “call on lawmakers to shift transportation dollars to reflect the trends” of less driving. PIRG praised the work of RTC and UNLV to make non-driving transit options easier, cheaper and more accessible”