Why Millennials Drive Less — And What it Means for Transportation’s Future

It might not feel like it while  trapped in rush hour traffic, but Americans are driving less. Much less. After a nearly 60-year driving boom following World War II, newly released federal government data show that driving continued to decline in the first half of the year – the eighth straight year of decline.

And while the trend cuts across state lines, it might surprise you that one group in particular leads the way: Millennials.

Why the drop? Will it sustain? And if it does, what does that mean for how we should think about transportation investment? Dr. Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy at US PIRG. He analyzed the Federal data from disparate sources for his latest report: “Moving Off the Road: A State-by-State Analysis of the National Decline in Driving.”