People say that suburban and exurban housing growth is offset by a move to the cities. Wendell Cox looks at empirical data to prove that this is not the case, and deduces that people still tend to move to suburbia when they relocate.
Nancy Pelosi Keynote Address at American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in SF
"'Last year, Congress took major steps to reduce global warming pollution, passing sweeping legislation to increase vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2020 alone will be the equivalent of taking 28 million of today's cars and trucks off the road.
'But it is not enough to improve vehicle efficiency and promote biofuels. We must also address total "vehicle miles traveled," which are growing at two and a half times the rate of population growth.
'In that regard, you are in the lead – getting people out of their cars and onto light rail, light rail, trolleys, and commuter rail, for example. Already, public transit saves our nation 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline every year.
'The fuel savings from using transit are magnified when we add in the "smart growth" that springs up around transit, especially rail transit stations. People use transit for more of their daily needs, such as running errands, and the nation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. In San Francisco alone, use of the Muni's system results in an estimated 25 million gallons in oil savings."
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