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Report: New Mexico Drivers Putting On Miles Toward Climate Change

September 21, 2007

Albuquerque, NM – A new report from the Urban Land Institute ranks New Mexico sixth in terms of the number of vehicle miles per driver in the state. Joanne McEntire, with the group 1,000 Friends of New Mexico, says urban sprawl is what forces us to spend more time behind the wheel.

"We need to really look at redeveloping these older areas of our cities and towns that have the potential for us to grow up a little bit, instead of out at the edges."

McEntire feels local governments also should be allocating more dollars to urban planning that encourages walking, bicycling, and public transportation modes. She says moving toward greener, more compact neighborhoods can put just as big a dent in global warming pollution as switching to hybrid cars.

Dan Pava is president of the New Mexico chapter of the American Planning Association. He adds using mass transit options, like public buses and the "Rail Runner" system, can be benefit everyone.

"Even if everybody doesn't take advantage of those, the people that do are helping the people that don't, because that lessens congestion. It's a much more effective way of dealing with it than expanding freeway lanes, at least in the short-term."

The full report Urban Land Institute report can be viewed online, at www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM