DALLAS — Americans are still driving less, despite falling gas prices, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said.
Drivers logged 15 billion fewer miles in the U.S. during August, a 5.6 percent decrease compared to the same month a year earlier, Peters said Friday during a brief tour of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station under construction at Deep Ellum.
Peters touted her agency’s reform plan, which would relax restrictions on funding and make it easier for metro areas such as North Texas to use more federal dollars not just for highways, but for public transportation. “As Cowboys fans know, the key to any game plan is establishing a good ground game,” Peter told gatherers at a news conference on the Deep Ellum platform. “That’s exactly why we need projects like this DART expansion.” Meanwhile, use of public transit has increased 6.2 percent nationwide — and 15 percent in Texas. DART is in the midst of a massive expansion, partly paid for with a $700 million federal transit grant.
Pic: Peters greets construction workers at the DART Deep Ellum station, as chronicled by Gordon's trusty cellphone camera.