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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    the way toward reform Help us make sure government recognizes our need to invest in a 21 st century transportation system Check out our video showcasing our work to bring about better transportation options for America s future Issue updates Media Hit Transportation The Star Ledger Report Gas tax car charges only cover half the cost of road maintenance Amid a debate over whether New Jersey should increase its low gasoline tax to shore up the nearly broke transportation fund a report released today cautions that gas taxes and other vehicle charges pay only half the cost of building and maintaining the nation s roads Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead Privatized traffic law enforcement systems are spreading rapidly across the United States As many as 700 local jurisdictions have entered into deals with for profit companies to install camera systems at intersections and along roadways to encourage drivers to obey traffic signals and follow speed limits Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Caution Ahead A new research report released today outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to outsource traffic enforcement to red light and speed camera vendors Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation New Report Misplaced highway spending to blame for crumbling roads and bridges Drivers in New Jersey pay an extra 596 per year on car repairs due to highways and bridges in disrepair Drivers in the New York Newark metropolitan area spend upwards of 638 extra on car repairs in a year Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation User Fee Myth Busted NJ Is Only State in Nation Where Taxes Subsidize Driving A new report released today by the New Jersey Public

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    in highways and fix them first The good news is that the public is in many ways ahead of Congress in leading the way toward reform Help us make sure government recognizes our need to invest in a 21 st century transportation system Check out our video showcasing our work to bring about better transportation options for America s future Issue updates Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Do Roads Pay For Themselves Highway advocates often claim that roads pay for themselves with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering or nearly covering the full cost of highway construction and maintenance They are wrong Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation Road Work Ahead Over the last 50 years America has built roads and bridges at a pace and scale that dwarfs most of the rest of the world We ve built a national highway network like no other with more than 45 000 miles of interstate highway and 575 000 highway bridges Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Transportation Greasing The Wheels In the wake of the Minnesota I 35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73 000 structurally deficient bridges in this country The findings in this report suggest that did not happen Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation Economic Stimulus or Simply More Misguided Spending This fall Congress asked states to submit lists of ready to go transportation infrastructure projects that could be funded by the stimulus package Lists from nineteen state departments of transportation DOTs show that the broader goals articulated by President elect Obama will

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  • 21st Century Transportation Updates | NJPIRG
    Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter

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  • Reduction in Driving Likely to Continue | NJPIRG
    greatest decline in driving of any age group In addition Millennials are more likely to want to live in urban and walkable neighborhoods and are more open to non driving forms of transportation than the older generation of Americans The report found that under any reasonable scenario the number of miles driven annually will be far fewer in the future than if Baby Boom trends had continued During the second half of the twentieth century low gas prices rapid suburbanization and an ever increasing number of women commuters entering the workforce fueled the Driving Boom The factors that defined that period have since taken a back seat Under some conservative scenarios outlined by the report driving won t ever regain its 2007 peak during the range of the study which extends to 2040 Yet official forecasts of future vehicle travel continue to assume steady increases in driving despite the changing trends seen over the past decade Those forecasts are used to justify spending vast sums on new and expanded highways even as repairs to existing roads and bridges remain neglected Our transportation leaders need to wake up to the momentous changes that have taken place over the last decade said Kim The infrastructure we build today will mainly be used and paid for by the Millennials who are leading the trend away from driving The report examines a number of high profile official transportation forecasts and finds a consistent pattern of overestimating how much Americans will drive and only partially revising those forecasts when they prove to be incorrect The government forecasts examined all fall above even the most conservative scenarios forecast in the report and all seem to be based on the assumption that the Driving Boom s state of ongoing growth will last forever The change in driving trends will have huge implications for many aspects of Americans travel life Coupled with improvements in fuel efficiency reduced driving means Americans will use about half as much gasoline and other fuels in 2040 than they use today making the real value of gas taxes fall as much as 74 percent Gas taxes provide the chief source of federal transportation funds and a major source for many states Traffic congestion will be less of a problem Toll roads will be less financially viable Many highway expansion projects will start to look like wasteful boondoggles Forms of travel that are expanding in use like public transit will be a better investment Even if millennials drive more as they grow older they ll likely drive far fewer miles per person than their boomer parents did said Janna Chernetz New Jersey Advocate for Tri State Transportation Campaign The communities that will succeed in the 21st century are the kinds of places highlighted by New Jersey s Transit Village program Cities and towns with transit accessible walkable neighborhoods Given the magnitude of these trends and the implications for the future we need to press the reset button on our transportation policy said Kim Public

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  • New Report: Long-Term Drop in How Much People Drive, Youth Desire More Transportation Options | NJPIRG
    funding for transit biking and walking projects must keep pace with rising demand The newest numbers from the Census Bureau confirm that a greater number and a larger share of New Jersey commuters are relying on transit said Dan Fatton Outreach and Development Director with New Jersey Future Additionally employers are finding that they need to be in a transit friendly location in order to attract top talent especially among the Millennial generation These and other data reinforce the need for New Jersey to provide a robust and accessible transit network if we are to stay economically competitive This trend away from driving is even more pronounced among young people The average young person age 16 34 drove 23 percent fewer miles in 2009 than the average young person in 2001 The report also notes that a growing number of young Americans do not have driver s licenses from 2000 to 2010 the share of 14 to 34 year olds without a license increased from 21 percent to 26 percent According to the report between 2001 and 2009 the annual number of miles traveled by 16 to 34 year olds on public transit such as trains and buses increased by 40 percent I take the train to school six days a week because I know it s the greener option and besides I don t even have a driver s license I know that lots of my classmates do the same thing said Katie Nuber a senior at Rutgers Newark and intern with the NJPIRG Student Chapters New Jersey is taking mass transit more than ever before and our leaders need to start figuring out how to build the modern transportation infrastructure that my generation will need for the future The shift away from six decades of increasing vehicle travel to a new reality of slow growing or even declining vehicle travel has potentially seismic implications for transportation policy says Benjamin Davis co author of the report and an analyst with the Frontier Group It calls into question the wisdom of our current transportation investment priorities New Jersey s transportation preferences appear to be changing Our elected officials need to make transportation decisions based on the real needs of New Jersey in the 21st century concluded Weissman The report can be downloaded here http njpirgcenter org reports njf transportation and new generation See additional charts and data on following pages NJPIRG Law and Policy Center a 501 3 organization works to protect consumers and promote good government We investigate problems craft solutions and educate the public Frontier Group is a non profit non partisan multi issue public policy organization that produces ideas and research to promote a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society State Year Population Total Vehicle Miles Traveled Millions Vehicle Miles Traveled Per Capita State Year Population Vehicle Miles Traveled Millions Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita New Jersey 2000 8 430 799 67446 7999 954 New Jersey 2001 8 488 427 68725 8096 317 New

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  • Transportation and the New Generation | NJPIRG
    According to a recent survey by KRC Research and Zipcar 45 percent of young people 18 34 years old polled said they have consciously made an effort to replace driving with transportation alternatives this is compared with approximately 32 percent of all older populations Many of America s youth prefer to live places where they can easily walk bike and take public transportation According to a recent study by the National Association for Realtors young people are the generation most likely to prefer to live in an area characterized by nearby shopping restaurants schools and public transportation as opposed to sprawl Some young people purposely reduce their driving in an effort to curb their environmental impact In the KRC Zipcar survey 16 percent of 18 to 34 year olds polled said they strongly agreed with the statement I want to protect the environment so I drive less This is compared to approximately 9 percent of older generations The trend toward reduced driving among young people is likely to persist as a result of technological changes and increased legal and financial barriers to driving Technology Communications technology which provides young people with new social networking and recreational possibilities has become a substitute for some car trips Improvements in technology make transportation alternatives more convenient Websites and smart phone apps that provide real time transit data make public transportation easier to use particularly for infrequent users Meanwhile technology has opened the door for new transportation alternatives such as the car sharing and bike sharing services that have taken root in numerous American cities Public transportation is more compatible with a lifestyle based on mobility and peer to peer connectivity than driving Bus and train riders can often talk on the phone text or work safely while riding while many state governments are outlawing using mobile devices while driving Currently 35 states have outlawed texting while driving and nine states have outlawed handheld cell phone use while driving These bans may not be enough to ensure safety in December 2011 the National Transportation Safety Board recommended banning cell phone use while driving entirely Changes in driving laws From 1996 to 2006 every state enacted Graduated Drivers Licensing GDL laws GDL laws which are designed to keep young people safe also make obtaining a driver s license more challenging Young people must now take more behind the wheel training which is more expensive fulfill additional requirements for permits and once they are allowed to drive they are often restricted to driving in the daytime without passengers GDL laws are likely to remain in effect and continue to be a deterrent to young people to apply for licenses because they have been successful in keeping young drivers safe Increased fuel prices Increased fuel prices have made driving more expensive reducing the frequency with which people especially younger people with less disposable income travel in cars The average cost for filling up the tank in 2001 was 1 100 for the year in 2011 dollars With

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njf/transportation-and-new-generation (2016-04-29)
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  • The Star-Ledger: Report: Gas tax, car charges only cover half the cost of road maintenance | NJPIRG
    have advocated increasing the gas tax to prop up the Transportation Trust Fund which pays for road and bridge repairs and transit services The fund is set to run out of money early this year The NJPIRG report is not so much about a specific policy recommendation than it is about helping frame the debate over how to spend transportation funds most efficiently We in New Jersey have precious dollars to spend let s spend them the right way said Jennifer Kim an advocate with NJPIRG The report also contends policies that give people alternatives to driving indirectly save the state money Noting that New Jersey exempts gasoline from the sales tax and has a combination of a high sales tax and low gas tax Kim said New Jersey is the one state where the state loses money for the sale of gasoline We re subsidizing people to drive when they buy that gas New Jersey is the only state where the amount of money diverted from the general fund exceeds the value of state gas taxes she said If or when oil and gas become scarcer and more expensive New Jersey taxpayer subsidies for gasoline will also grow more expensive Kim said She said the canceled ARC train tunnel under the Hudson River which would have doubled ridership capacity to New York City and increased property values along the line is an example of a project that would have been a good investment for New Jersey Worried about billions of dollars in potential cost overruns Christie terminated the project 10 weeks ago There has been speculation New Jersey would use part of its 2 7 billion share for the canceled project to salvage the Transportation Trust Fund which over the years has been raided by politicians to pay for

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  • Caution Ahead | NJPIRG
    it chooses to alter the length of its yellow lights If these contracts put revenue first and safety last its puts the public at risk Safety should always be first said Kim Because of the controls established by law for the red light camera pilot program many municipalities decided not to participate or withdrew before contracting with a vendor to avoid many of the pitfalls outlined in the report said Steve Carrellas of the New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association Cities including Paramus are currently considering adding red light cameras Paramus s contract discussions involve a fee for service structure which is the least problematic It means the city will pay a flat fee rather than one that incentivizes the camera company based on the number of tickets said Kim But they should still also explore alternatives such as longer yellow lights Last October it was discovered that the town of Glassboro one of the many to install red light cameras had yellow lights that lasted shorter than the federal minimum of 4 seconds in 35 mph zones It was discovered after the former Harrison Township mayor received a ticket himself The report recommends stronger guidelines to ensure that automated traffic enforcement programs must focus on improving road safety rather than ticket revenue Deals between local governments and traffic camera vendors should Put public safety first in decisions regarding enforcement of traffic laws this includes evaluating privatized law enforcement camera systems against alternative options without regard to potential revenues Ensure that contract language is free from potential conflicts of interest Avoid direct or indirect incentives for vendors that are based on the volume of tickets or fines Retain public control over traffic policy and engineering decisions including cancelling contracts if the public is dissatisfied Ensure that the process

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