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Falls Church City Councilman David Snyder (left) and D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser (right) listen to a report on average daily trips taken at a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments meeting.
Matt Bush
Falls Church City Councilman David Snyder (left) and D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser (right) listen to a report on average daily trips taken at a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments meeting.

By Matt Bush

Older people in the D.C. region are driving more, while younger people are driving less, according to a report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The report analyzed two previous surveys of the number of trips each person takes per day. Those 65 years and older increased their trips from 1994 to 2008. Robert Griffths of COG attributes that to the fact seniors in this region are healthier and wealthier.

"They're making more and more daily trips, probably not in the peak period," he says. "But more trips overall, with the biggest increases being shopping trips, personal business trips, seeing your doctor, or your lawyer, or your banker."

During the same time period, those aged 16 to 24 took fewer trips. Griffiths says social media tools like Facebook and texting allow young people to stay in touch without leaving home.

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