Costs will soon grow more efficient than public transit
While many people have discussed the downfall of vehicles for years, professional service centers will still have plenty of work to come for years. Randal O'Toole, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute and author of "Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It," wrote for The Wall Street Journal that the added focus on environmental awareness will mean automobiles will use less energy and emit less pollution than public transportation. Each year's new crop of cars is more fuel-efficient than ever because mass transit and vehicles are practically tied right now.
The cost of driving and operating a vehicle has always been just under 10 percent of personal income, O'Toole said, but the per-capita miles have tripled since 1950. Public transit costs about four times as much per passenger as driving, with Amtrak costing twice as much. Automobiles still have many benefits and Americans realize this, as 91 percent of U.S. residents have at least one car, and 96 percent of public transit users live in a house with at least one car.
"By tripling urban travel speeds, autos gave workers access to better jobs and employers access to a wider pool of workers, contributing to a huge increase in worker productivity," he wrote. "Per-capita GDP has increased by nearly nine times in the last century, and autos are responsible for a large share of that increase."
Vehicles have had a big place in history over the years, such as allowing many Americans to evacuate sites of hurricanes and natural disaster. O'Toole said as an economist, he realizes that mass-produced cars are one of the greatest inventions in history, and they are only becoming more efficient; he believes vehicles should be embraced as such.
Fuel efficiency is at an all-time high
Backing up the sentiments of O'Toole and bringing some statistics into the argument is a recent study from the University of Michigan, which showed the average fuel economy on vehicles was 24.9 miles per gallon in August 2013. This improvement from recent months and years reflects an industry change that Don Anair, a green-car expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said will continue as fuel-efficient vehicles popularity moves forward in its rise.
"It's a good sign," he told the New York Times. "We're on track."
Professional service centers need to stay on top of trends to help these cars keep their high standards of fuel efficiency up as time goes on.