|If Superbad was shot today, McLovin would be having
his adventures on the bus
We’ve been saying for the past few years that fewer people are driving (although the overall miles
driven has actually increased) and that young people are deciding not to drive in record numbers. How do we know that? Drivers license data.
According to the Human Transit blog, University of Michigan researchers recently released an update on the percentage of people with driver’s licenses in the United States. In 2011, data showed that the percentage of young people with driver’s licenses decreased noticeably between 1983 and 2008.
The percentages for 20- to 24-year-olds fell from 91.8% in 1983 to 82% according to the 2011 research. The updated numbers show that those percentages fell again, to 76.7% in 2014.
So how are these young people getting around if not driving? Uber and Lyft show promising numbers but their data doesn’t show that’s the main way millennials are getting from point A to point B. According to statistics from transit agencies, it’s by public transit.