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Americans put brakes on six-decade-old 'driving boom'


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's not a bust but the "driving boom" -- a six decade-long period of steady increases in driving -- appears to be over.

According to a report published Tuesday by U.S. Pirg, a nonprofit advocacy organization, the total miles Americans drive are fewer today than eight years ago and fewer per person than at the end of President Bill Clinton's first term.

The study found Americans took nearly 10 percent more trip via public transporation in 2011 than in 2005.

The report says "the unique combina­tion of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom-from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom generation-no longer exists. Meanwhile, a new generation-the Mil­lennials-is demanding a new American Dream less dependent on driving."

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