An intriguing article published this week in the New York Times says that today's younger generation of "millennials" are opting less for car ownership, and more for alternative transport solutions. Among the many reasons cited by a report published by the US PIRG include current economic conditions that make finding jobs for recent college grads difficult, and their inclination to live in more densely populated, transit-friendly urban areas.
What does this mean for the future of our country? We should look at this trend as the start of a social process of developing more effective ways of mobilization - not just with transport itself, but with purpose of travel. There will always be people who prefer cars, and we must not exclude them from the discussion. This rising trend should send a signal that we can no longer treat car travel and public transport as two different arenas - they must be integrated with each other to provide seamless options for people to move as they please.
The sooner we establish that balance, the more effective our economy will be. After all, mobilization is not just about people, it's about ideas, commerce, and ideology. Transport is the key to our future both from a national and worldwide perspective. It's time we do something about it.