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Sustainable Forms of Transportation

There are many ways to get from place to place besides driving alone. Active transportation (i.e. walking and bicycling), public transportation and carpooling provide the combined benefits of reducing air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic and commuting costs. Active transportation also offers health benefits, and sharing rides by public transit or carpooling offers social and networking opportunities.

Transportation planners, public health advocates and environmental professionals increasingly call for mixed use development, where employment opportunities, amenities, access to goods and services and housing are co-located or connected by safe walking and biking routes and/or public transportation.Chart of percent of commuters who walk, bike, take public transit or drive They consider this a more sustainable option to vehicle-dependent, suburban development.

The younger generation is trending toward driving less, too.  According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, “Millennials,” those born between 1983 and 2000, “…are more likely to want to live in urban and walkable neighborhoods and are more open to non-driving forms of transportation than older Americans. They are also the first generation to fully embrace mobile Internet-connected technologies, which are rapidly spawning new transportation options…” 1

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) and regional planning commissions support and promote sustainable transportation. DOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee (BPTAC) works with communities to make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient. Carpooling is supported with many "Park and Ride" lots located adjacent to major arterials. Many of the population centers in the state support local transit services , and frequent daily interstate bus service bus service to Boston is available from Concord, Manchester, Londonderry and Salem. Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger rail connects Boston to Portland, Maine with stops in Exeter, Dover and Durham, and the Vermonter

1 Dutzik, Tony and P. Baxandall, “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future”, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, 2013.




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