Learn the Facts About Auto-Centric Living

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3. Reduced Roadway Congestion

 More transportation alternatives with different use characteristics and market reach makes it easier for consumers to reduce their dependence on individually owned vehicles. Switching from a fixed cost ownership transportation budget to a variable cost non-owner system reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

4. Demand Enhancement for Transit System

Transit is always the core transportation method for living without a individually owned car. Helping people switch from vehicle ownership to a non-vehicle owner multi-modal transportation system helps the transit system in two ways. First it increases the numbers of riders, but second and maybe even more importantly it increases non-peak ridership which improves efficiencies.

5. Demand Enhancement for Transit Oriented Development

Decisions on where people are going to live and how they’re going to move around are tied together. If they’re going to live in an auto-dependent area they’re going to need a car. If they live in a transit supported area, they can make choices about how they’re going to move around. By making transportation alternative to car ownership easier and more accessible, we make a less auto-dependent lifestyle more practical for more people, and that increases the demand for Transit Oriented Developments. In other words the capacity to live a less auto-centric lifestyle and the desire to live an a less auto-centric lifestyle are dependent on each other.

6. Public Sector/Built Environment Efficiencies

A 2004 Albuquerque assessment of the marginal cost of drivable sub-urban development found that it was twenty-two times more costly than walkable urban development for four infrastructure categories (roads, drainage, public safety, and parks). (The Option of Urbanism by Leinberger.