Coloradans’ driving is down, use of transit up, group says in report

Coloradans have cut their driving habits in recent years and are taking the bus and other mass-transit systems, according to a recent study.

The left-leaning Colorado Public Interest Research Group also known as CoPIRG, released a national report last week showing that Coloradans’’ per-person driving miles have dropped 11.4 percent since 2005, the sixth-largest drop nationwide. The decrease put the state 14th lowest in the nation in the number of vehicle miles traveled per person.

“In Colorado, driving miles are down, just as they are in almost every state, only a lot more,” said Lisa Ritland, field director for the CoPirg Foundation, the research arm of the group. “And when you compare Colorado to other states, you see this trend is about more than the recent recession. Economic recovery will not mean a return to the days of the driving boom.”

The group says that driving boom began in the years after World War II, but has started to reverse over the past seven years.

The research also showed that states like Colorado that have higher percentages of their populations in urban areas, such as the Denver metropolitan area, have lower vehicle-miles traveled per person than more rural states.


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