Millennials opt for alternative modes of transportation

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) -- Jumping in your vehicle, fighting through traffic and finding a parking spot before heading into work may seem fairly standard for many people but, millennials are favoring different modes of transportation.

Younger generations are opting to ditch the car and take the bus, so having access these different modes has become a priority for many millennials.

Bob McCoy, with the Chamber of Commerce says a large portion of the community commutes. McCoy says, "I would guess 50% of the people in the Chippewa Valley commute more than 10 miles to work.”

A new WISPRIG report says millennials are finding alternatives to the traditional trek to our jobs. McCoy says the Chippewa Valley is doing a bit better than the state average in providing access to alternative transportation.

McCoy says, "I think we're probably a little ahead of the game. Obviously, if you get into major metro areas, you have more mass transit you even have the possibility of high speed trains. But, I think in Eau Claire we've done a great job of building bike trails, Altoona, Chippewa, and Menominee built bike trails you can ride between those cities for the most parts on trails.

The report says that having access to alternative transportation is very important to millennials so cities that provide it have a better chance of thriving economically. Eau Claire Transit Manger, Mike Branco, says he sees a large percent of their business come from younger riders.

Branco says, "Definitely in Eau Claire, when schools in session our ridership is about 60% students, so year round that averages to be about 33% university aged students riding the bus. In Eau Claire those are pretty good statistics. It's averaging right about 40% in the age range from 18 to 26."

Younger generations say by riding bikes, walking and taking the bus to work, they're saving money, going green and dodging the hassle of traffic.

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