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1 in 10 New Jersey Residents Taking Transit to Work
Transit Use Growing Faster than Driving
A new report from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign finds that more than 1 in 10 New Jersey residents is taking transit to work, and that mass transit use is growing at twice the rate of driving. From 1997 to 2004, the number of miles traveled by transit (including commuter rail, light rail and buses) grew 30 percent. During the same period, the number of miles driven by car and truck grew 15 percent.
“Ten percent is an important benchmark for New Jersey, making it the leading transit riding state after New York,” said the Campaign’s Executive Director, Jon Orcutt. “New Jersey’s investment in rail and buses is paying off.”
The report, The State of Transportation 2006: Benchmarks for Sustainable Transportation in New Jersey, examines trends in 25 different measures of transportation in New Jersey, including infrastructure, service, travel choices, congestion and crowding, reliability, and impacts on the state’s economy and environment. The report is illustrated with more than 50 graphs, tables and maps, and is intended to set clear measures of the state’s progress toward a more balanced, environment-friendly and reliable transportation system.
“New Jersey has made real strides in getting its transportation policies right. This report will help us measure the impacts of those policies on people riding and driving in New Jersey,” said Mr. Orcutt.
Among the report’s key findings:
The Campaign plans to update “The State of Transportation” on a biannual basis, monitoring the state’s progress on each of the included metrics.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an independent, non-profit policy and advocacy group promoting environment-friendly transportation policies in the New York metropolitan region.