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Oct 1, 2013 7:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

New study says hi-tech options are helping more Arizonans drive less

TUCSON- Advances in technology are helping more Arizonans drive less. That is according to a study just released by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, also known as PIRG. It looked at all sorts of factors, from smartphone transportation apps to ridesharing programs, and it found these types of advances are changing travel behavior.

Most of it centers around convenience, easy access to information and saving money by avoiding gas and parking fees. For example in Tucson, CatTran riders can download an app to track each route. They can plan their trip and keep an eye on the shuttles to see if they are running on time.

Also, the report found an increase in ridesharing programs encouraged more people to ditch their cars. The University of Arizona has both car and bike sharing options that allow users to rent by the hour or day. A web site called Zimride.com is another tool helping to connect people all across Arizona, and the country, who may be looking for a carpool or group transportation options.

As for what's next, the study recommends installing more wifi networks on public transit, along with including bike and car sharing in traffic management plans, to make it easier for Arizonans to drive less in the future.

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