THE FUTURE ROLE OF THE AUTOMOBILE

This paper indicates that choice of residential area when viewed in conjunction with population projections, automobile ownership trands, the problems of public transportation and the increasing energy efficiency of automobiles shows that the U.S. will continue to rely heavily on automobile transportation. Population shifts (regional, metropolitan and rural) are considered in detail, and U.S. population trend and projection are discussed. Motor vehicle registration trends are also presented. To date there is no evidence that urban public transportation will support automobile trips. Energy problems that have caused changes in the automobile industry are also discussed. It is suggested that for the average owner the future will bring a reduction in overall cost of gasoline, with higher prices overshadowed by greater vehicle efficiency.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at: International Conference on Energy Use Management, October 25, 1977, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Users Federation

    1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Reed Jr, M F
  • Publication Date: 1977-10-31

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184876
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 2001 12:00AM