Earlier today, GoDurham posted an article citing the Durham and Chapel Hill area as having the 3rd largest decrease in commutes by car in the nation!
We have to say… we’re pretty proud.
This also made us think more deeply about the changes that have occurred in the area to cause such a change. We did some research and have a few ideas we think are contributing to the Triangle, specifically Durham and Chapel Hill, becoming less car-centric.
City Lab did a great rundown on the subject. Though most of the country still relies on cars to get around, they took a microscope to the cities where this trend is on the decline. From cities with healthy transit systems to college towns with lots of foot traffic, they break down the numbers for us.
There’s also a shift among younger generations towards working and living where alternative means of travel are accessible. APTA, the American Public Transportation Association, noticed this and has stated in reports that,
Millennials are multimodal, they choose the best transportation mode (driving, transit, bike, or walk) based on the trip they are planning to take. Communities that attract Millennials have a multitude of transportation choices, as proven by Millennial hotspots, popular zip codes where residents have self-selected into a multi-modal lifestyle.
No matter the reasons, we’re thrilled to see the driving culture in the area changing and we’re so thankful to all of our riders on GoDurham, Chapel Hill Transit, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh, and C-Tran for helping to create that change.