U.S. 'motorization' may be in permanent decline

Ron Meador, reporting for MinnPost:

A new report from the University of Michigan finds probably permanent reductions in Americans’ rates of vehicle ownership, fuel consumption and miles driven per year. Americans’ century-long love affair with the automobile is a many-sided and much-studied thing, and the research does not lack for complexity and contradiction. Lately, many of the trend lines have seemed to be going down, but the reasons for those shifts are much debated ...

Against that background, a new report released from the University of Michigan on Tuesday stands out quite sharply. It finds probably permanent reductions in Americans’ rates of vehicle ownership, fuel consumption and miles driven per year, the three components of what author Michael Sivak calls “motorization.” His analysis attributes our declining motorization to several factors, while insisting that economic conditions cannot be the primary force behind them.
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