In much of America, owning a car is the price of admission to society. Owning a car is also expensive, and drives millions of households to take on debt. Americans currently owe more for their cars than ever before, leaving millions of Americans financially vulnerable – especially in the event of an economic downturn. The rise in auto debt since the Great Recession has implications not only for consumers who take out car loans, but for the economy and transportation system as a whole.

Cities around the world are moving towards developing transportation systems with more options for residents and less dependence on cars. What can they learn from China, where dockless bike share programs have reinvigorated bicycle usage and helped more than double cycling’s share of transport miles in cities?

Jon Sundby

According to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017. During the same time frame, all other traffic deaths decreased by 6 percent.

Trevor Stankiewicz

Why would we assume that transportation would be the one sphere of modern life in which my children are just like my parents? 

Tony Dutzik

Our work with U.S. PIRG on Highway Boondoggles was highlighted by TransitCenter's Steven Higadishe in his opinion piece for The Hill, which links transportation and climate change.

Forbes referenced findings from Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG's 2018 report on debt collection.

Analyst R.J. Cross spoke to Marketplace about the dangers of rising auto debt for consumers and the link to America's car-dependent transportation system. 

Our report Solar Homes found that installing solar energy on all new home construction could triple U.S. solar capacity by 2045. The report was convered by CleanTechnica and cited in UtilityDive's analysis of California's new solar homes policy.

Every two years, Frontier Group analysts take a step back to review the “lay of the land” on their issue areas, including transportation, global warming and conservation. Our 2019 series is available here.

Analyst R.J. Cross commented on Maine's transparency website for the Washington Time's analysis of the transparency legacy of outgoing Governor Paul LePage.