February 14, 2014
As Millennials lead a national shift away from driving, universities
like Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis are giving
students new options for getting around and becoming innovators in
transportation policy, according to a new report released today. The
report, titled, “A
New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on
Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation Policy,” was released by OSPIRG Foundation.
in Oregon and across America, colleges and universities are showing
that efforts to meet increased demand for transportation options deliver
powerful benefits for their community and surrounding areas," said
OSPIRG Foundation's Evan Preston. “These efforts are saving money for
universities, and improving the quality of life on campus.”
aged 16 to 34 years of age reduced their annual driving miles by 23
percent per person between 2001 and 2009, according to research based on
the most recent data from the Federal Highway Administration that is
included in the study.
As Baby Boomers grow older, Millennials
have become America’s largest generation. Since government investments
in transportation infrastructure often last decades, the question of
whether current investment will match the needs of future travelers
depends largely on how well Millennials’ preferences will be met.
and college campuses are at the forefront of encouraging news ways to
get around that don’t depend on personal cars. Public officials who want
to stay ahead of the curve should be taking notes,” said Preston.
report describes how universities are improving their communities by
providing a wider range of transportation choices. This includes buses,
biking, various types of vehicle-sharing that makes it easier not to
have a personal car, and convenient apps that make it easier to navigate
the options. The report also documents how campuses seek to avoid the
steep costs of building additional parking facilities.
have a lot in common with cities,” added Preston. “They must get the
most value out of limited land, they are acutely aware of problems
associated with being overrun by cars; and they need to focus on the
tastes and aspirations of young people. It’s no wonder that universities
are leaders in finding successful ways to make it easier for people to
Find the full report here: “New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation Policy.”