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Two new studies find that young Americans are changing the nation's transportation landscape. They drive less, want to stay connected as they travel, embrace car sharing, bike sharing, ride sharing.

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The advances in Internet and mobile communications are fueling a wave of new transportation services enabled by technology, such as car sharing, bike sharing and ride sharing, the PIRG report finds.

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Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of APTA, said the two studies highlight the need for the nation to enact transportation policies that address the needs of Millennials. "Now is the time to be proactive," he said.

They don't drive nearly as much as young people once did: While all Americans are driving less since the recession, the average person ages 16 34 drove 23% less in 2009 than in 2001, the sharpest reduction for any age group.

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walks to work from St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis in July 2010. Her employer offered a $50 "shoe incentive" about twice a year for employees who walk to work, as part of a solution to ease the area traffic congestion.(Photo: Stephen Geffre for USA TODAY)

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find"Millennials" drive less; many prefer transit because it lets them stay connected en routeThey also embrace newer alternatives such as car sharing, bike sharing and ride sharing, studies say

Other researchers, including Robert Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina, argue that the drop in driving among young people is primarily a function of the economic downturn and is likely to rebound as the economy recovers.

Young Americans, whose embrace of new technologies and social networking tools enable them to adopt new ways of getting around, are beginning to change the nation's transportation landscape.

And some of the nation's youths those known as Millennials, born between 1982 and 2003 approach travel differently than their parents do. They are "multimodal," meaning they choose the best mode of transportation, such as driving, transit, biking or walking, based on the trip they are planning. They consider public transportation the best option for digital socializing and one of the most likely ways to connect with the communities they live in. They also say that transit allows them to work while they travel.

Over the same period, participation in tele work and e commerce increased sharply.

Bike commuters travel along a street May 12, 2011, in Portland, Ore.(Photo: File photo by Rick Bowmer, AP)

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These are among the findings of two new reports released Tuesday at the American Public Transportation Association'sannual meeting in Chicago. Public Interest Research Group, found that online and mobile technology have fundamentally changed the way Americans live and work over the Asics Gel Lyte Kimono past 15 years; during the same period, growth in vehicle travel slowed and then stopped. PIRG suggests that these two developments are connected. "For eight years in a row, Americans have been driving less on a per person basis than the year before," he said. At the same time, the PIRG report notes, there have been increases in the use of the Internet, cellphones and smartphones, with younger Americans more likely to own a Asics Gel Nimbus 17

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