21st Century Transportation

It’s time we had 21st century transportation in America.

From high speed rail to mass transit, it’s time for us to get on the right track.  Americans all want a safe, clean transportation system that lets us all get where we need to go – but our current system just isn’t working.  Our reliance on cars and planes to get from point A to point B means our transportation system consumes more oil than the whole economy of every other country in the world except for China, and we import most of that from foreign countries.   Our tailpipe emissions account for a third of the nation’s global warming emissions, pollute the air we breathe and make people sick.

We’ll be working to raise the profile of high speed rail and public transportation by building grassroots support, garnering media attention, and getting community leaders like mayors and business owners to join the call for 21st century transportation. 

Issue updates

Media Hit | Transit

INPIRG releases report on transportation trends at American universities

Millennials are pushing a national trend toward carless universities, and IU is among the most progressive. At least, according to the Indiana Public Interest Research Group, which released a report Thursday on university transportation policy around the nation.

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Report | INPIRG | Transit

Transportation in Transition

A review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau for America’s 100 most populous urbanized areas – which are home to over half of the nation’s population – shows that the decline in per-capita driving has taken place in a wide variety of regions. From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of America’s largest urbanized areas for which up-to-date and accurate data are available.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed, Hunger, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit

Highlights from Fall Semester

 

Thanks for being part of INPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success.

Check out some of our highlights from the year:

• Collecting 250 pounds of food and 300 articles of clothing to fight poverty in Bloomington.

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Blog Post | Transit

Why Young People Are Driving Less | Student PIRGs

 

Yesterday we released a new report, Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy, that shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives.

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Report | Transit

Transportation and the New Generation

From World War II until just a few years ago, the number of miles driven annually on America’s roads steadily increased. Then, at the turn of the century, something changed: Americans began driving less. By 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2004. The trend away from driving has been led by young people.

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