Understanding the Travel Trends of Teens and Young Adults

Understanding the Travel Trends of Teens and Young Adults

March 23, 2017 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Driving has been flat or declining for much of the 2000s, especially among the so-called Millennial Generation. Explanations for this break with a near century long driving trends abound: Young adults are rejecting the suburban, auto-oriented lifestyles favored by their parents; a new greener ethos is motivating young people to move to cities where they travel more by foot, bike, and public transit; information and communications technologies have diminished the marginal utility of driving; tougher economic times have kept otherwise willing young drivers out of cars; and so on. This webinar presents the results of a multi-year study of Millennials and travel to explain what is behind the driving declines because the policy implications vary significantly depending on what is really behind these trends.


Robert Puentes, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Brian D. Taylor, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs


What’s Youth Got To Do With It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

Typecasting neighborhoods and travelers: Analyzing the geography of travel behavior among teens and young adults in the U.S.

Ralph, Kelcie, Carole Turley Voulgaris, Anne Brown, Evelyn Blumenberg, and Brian D. Taylor. Forthcoming. “Millennials, built form, and travel: Insights from a nationwide typology of U.S. neighborhoods,” Journal of Transport Geography.

Blumenberg, Evelyn, Kelcie Ralph, Michael Smart, and Brian D. Taylor. Forthcoming. “Who Knows About Kids These Days? Analyzing the Determinants of Youth and Adult Mobility in the U.S. between 1990 and 2009,” Transportation Research, Part A: Policy and Practice. (Authors listed alphabetically).

Voulgaris, Carole Turley, Brian D. Taylor, Evelyn Blumenberg, Anne Brown, and Kelcie Ralph. 2017. “Synergistic Neighborhood Relationships with Travel Behavior: An Analysis of Travel in 30,000 U.S. Neighborhoods,” Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10(2): 1-25. (https://dx.doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.2016.840).

Brown, Anne, Evelyn Blumenberg, Brian D. Taylor, Kelcie Ralph, and Carole Turley Voulgaris. 2016. “A Taste for Transit? Analyzing Public Transit Use Trends Among Youth,” Journal of Public Transportation, 19(1): 49-67. (https://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2375-0901.19.1.4).

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