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Age of the automobile is over, reports say

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Americans don’t rely on their cars like they used to, according to a study by Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

“Trends suggest that motorization in the U.S. might have reached a peak several years ago,” Sivak says.

His isn’t the first study to reach such a conclusion. “The Driving Boom — a six decade-long period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States  — is over,” the U.S. Public Interest Research Group bluntly declared last year. “The Millennial generation has led the recent change in transportation trends,” its report on 21st century transportation found. Sivak himself has shown in previous research that young people are less likely to drive. They’re not buying cars, either.

Using Sivak’s latest analysis and figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of 2012, 24/7 Wall St. has provided a list of the 10 cities where residents are driving least …

10. Seattle, WA
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 16.6%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 19.7%

9. Milwaukee , WI

> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 19.9%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 8.6%

8. Detroit, MI
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 26.2%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 9.4%

7. Chicago, IL
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 27.9%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 26.3%

6. Baltimore, MD
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 31.2%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 19.2%

5. San Francisco, CA
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 31.4%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 33.1%

4. Philadelphia, PA
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 32.6%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 26.0%

3. Boston, MA 
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 36.9%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 34.6%

2. Washington, D.C.
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 37.9%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 38.6%

1. New York, N.Y.
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 56.5%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 55.9%

Read more at 247wallst.com

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