More than 30 residents of the greater Rockingham area attended a public forum Wednesday night to voice concerns regarding transportation issues in the Green Mountain State.
The 90-minute meeting was held in the Lower Theater of the Rockingham Town Hall, and was hosted by the Vermont Transportation Board to garner input on the decline of driving in the state. The transportation board has scheduled six public hearings throughout the state, and will pass its findings to the Vermont Agency of Transportation for study.
According to statistics brought up at last night’s meeting, drivers in Vermont drove an average of nearly 12-and-a-half thousand miles in 2007. In 2013, that dropped 8.4-percent to an average of less than 11-and-a-half thousand miles.
Residents were asked what factors could be leading to the decline, with some citing a lack of job opportunities and others pointing to increased internet capabilities within households.