The view from '56: Thoughts on the short-term future of transportation planning
A few years ago, the Ford Expedition assembling plant in Wayne, Mich., made more money in after-tax profits than the combined budgets of all municipalities in British Columbia. The number of SUVs sold in North America has roughly doubled since 1996, now totaling about four million a year. These vehicles are classified as light trucks (in order to drive through various legislative loopholes), and their percentage of the market approaches that of passenger cars. If you want to know the future of transportation in North America, start here. This is where most of the money has gone, and where people's expectations reside-in big cars on big roads. The future, apparently, is like 1956, only more so.