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Marylanders Cut Per-Person Driving Miles

September 2nd, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Marylanders have cut their per-person driving miles by 4.08 percent since 2005, while the nation’s long term driving boom appears to have ended, according to a new report from the Maryland PIRG Foundation.  Joanna Guy, Program Associate for the Maryland Foundation, said that in Maryland, driving miles are down, just as they are in almost every state. As a result, she says it time for policy makers to wake up and realize the driving boom is over and to reconsider expensive highway expansions and focus on alternatives such as public transit and biking. Ironically a controversial gas tax hike was pushed for by the governor, and approved by the legislature this past session in order to generate additional dollars for transportation projects. Guy says that lawmakers need to study the data and act accordingly…





 

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