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November 9, 2012

New phase of life for boomers will mean massive changes for U.S. transportation

  • If boomers stop commuting, will rush hours ease and gas taxes plunge? As driving skills erode, will demand soar for transit or driverless cars? Do we need benches at bus stops?
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Baby boomers, that giant population bubble born between 1946 and 1964, started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since.

    When the 74 million boomers started building families, they acquired “his” and “hers” cars and helped spread a housing boom to the fringes of the nation's suburbs. Traffic congestion spiraled when boomer women began commuting to work like their husbands and fathers. And with dual-earner families came an outsourcing of the traditional style of life at home, leading to the emergence of daycare, the habit of eating out more often — and the appearance of more and more cars and SUVs.

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