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CoPIRG Foundation
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The Colorado Springs Gazette
By
Garrison Wells

The youngest generation of drivers is pulling Americans away from cars and into a different future of transportation, according to a recent nationwide study.

The "driving boom" - a six-decade period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States - is over, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

The study was presented Tuesday on the edge of Colorado College campus by CoPIRG, the Colorado arm of the organization.

U.S. PIRG, a consumer group, hopes the latest statistics that show people are driving less will lead to investment in public transportation and other alternative modes of transportation.

Blame the millennials.

The millennial generation, those ages 16 to 34, "has led the recent change in transportation trends - driving significantly less than previous generations of young Americans," the study says.

"It looks like a major difference between two generations - millennials and baby boomers," said Danny Katz, director of CoPIRG.

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