Given the current economic climate, we are all looking for ways to cut back on our daily expenditures. For many Americans, commuting to and from work, as well recreational transportation is a significant budget item. Fortunately, it is also one that can be easily reduced with a bit of creativity and some commitment. A number of prevalent factors have made car ownership and use a less desirable, and often less plausible solution to the transportation conundrum. We took a closer look at the situation in the auto industry, why it is on the decline, and some of the other options commuters are employing to save cash.