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Gas price spike encouraging people to use mass transit
kabc ^ | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Melissas MacBride and Carlos Granda

Posted on 10/10/2012 7:44:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin

California drivers are paying the highest price in the nation.

The increasing cost of gas has forced many to take a bus or train. Metrolink says Southern Californians are packing mass transit lines. They have reported a definite increase in ridership, even posting a record of nearly 23,000 riders this weekend.

Regular passengers at Union Station said they have noticed new faces and fewer seats for their morning commute.

"I would say it was a little more crowded than normal," said Homa Hashemi of Buena Park. "You can tell on the days where the gas prices are higher, people start taking the train more often."

Analysts say refinery disruptions and corrosion problems in a pipeline are to blame for the spike in prices at the pump in California. Gas companies cite the laws of supply and demand. Refineries were in the middle of switching from winter blend gasoline to summer blend gasoline, then a power outage occurred last week at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance.

In the meantime, state leaders have approved the early release of winter blend fuel to help bolster supplies and lower prices. Winter-blend gas typically isn't sold until Oct. 31.

MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza encourages first-time commuters to plan their trip to work or school by using Metro's online trip planner.

"They could enter their starting point and their destination," Inzunza said."It'll plan their trip for them, tell them what lines or rail to take. It's very easy to use."

Long-time commuters on Metrolink and Metro say that public transportation is a more affordable option.

"I take the Metrolink from San Bernardino to Downtown Los Angeles," said Ed Pineda of Victorville. "I save about $20 a day."

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1 posted on 10/10/2012 7:44:39 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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"I would say it was a little more crowded than normal," said Homa Hashemi of Buena Park. "You can tell on the days where the gas prices are higher, people start taking the train more often."

Misery loves company.

2 posted on 10/10/2012 7:45:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Yep! All part of their plan.


3 posted on 10/10/2012 7:45:39 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: BenLurkin

Just what the green whack lefties wanted...


4 posted on 10/10/2012 7:46:48 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: BenLurkin
This gives Eric Holder's childrrruuunnn better access to "Knockout King" targets.

It is racist to deny Eric Holder's childrrruuunnn their little pleasures.

5 posted on 10/10/2012 7:47:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (That was sarcasm, you moron.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thats just great!...only if your damn job is within walking distance of any metro line...What a bunch of s#^%!


6 posted on 10/10/2012 7:48:27 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: BenLurkin

Sure kills the auto market now doesn’t it? Obamagabe yacks about saving the car industry then turns around and yacks about mass transit is the solution. And don’t forget about living in the ‘burbs.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 7:50:41 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: BenLurkin

>>Metrolink says Southern Californians are packing mass transit lines. They have reported a definite increase in ridership, even posting a record of nearly 23,000 riders this weekend.

23,000 riders in a metro area of almost 18 million is a rounding error. Mass transit in SoCal is a joke, a very expensive and non-economically-sound one.


8 posted on 10/10/2012 7:51:59 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“Yep! All part of their plan.”

Yep! In one part of the country “Mission Accomplished”

Coming Soon: To a location near you!

Obamanomics


9 posted on 10/10/2012 7:52:45 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Better not plan on carrying anything to defend yourself with.....http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Reality-Check-Metro-Searching-Commuter-Bags—52600907.html


10 posted on 10/10/2012 7:53:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
kalifornia has to gouge gas prices to force the sheep to accept their high speed train boondoggler.
11 posted on 10/10/2012 7:54:47 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: BenLurkin

It would be racist to allow targets to defend themselves.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 8:12:40 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (That was sarcasm, you moron.)
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To: mountainlion
kalifornia has to gouge gas prices to force the sheep to accept their high speed train boondoggler.

The irony in CA is that until the late 1950's, there were buses and trains well established, running every where.

13 posted on 10/10/2012 8:13:58 AM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: BenLurkin

Mission accomplished!


14 posted on 10/10/2012 8:16:26 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“Yep! All part of their plan.”

Zero’s energy czar wants the price to hit $8.00/gallon. The czar had to walk that statement back several months ago.


15 posted on 10/10/2012 8:20:50 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: BenLurkin

Ray LaHood’s dream come true.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 8:25:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: duckman
“We’re going to put affordable housing next to walking paths and biking paths,” LaHood said, amid cheers. “I’ve been all over America and   .  .  .  I’ve been very proud to talk about the fact people do want alternatives.” You’ll never guess what that alternative is. “They want to get out of their cars,” he said...

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/coercing-people-out-their-cars_513335.html

17 posted on 10/10/2012 8:33:31 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Thats just great!...only if your damn job is within walking distance of any metro line...What a bunch of s#^%!

Try walking the 300 miles to the closest public transportation.

18 posted on 10/10/2012 9:06:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: llevrok
Buses were pretty much put out of business by people in independent cars and low gas prices. The government wants to make us ride the buses to gain control over us.
19 posted on 10/10/2012 9:43:00 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: FreedomPoster
23,000 riders in a metro area of almost 18 million is a rounding error. Mass transit in SoCal is a joke, a very expensive and non-economically-sound one.

The media says California is broke.

Where are they going to come up the money to build a gigantic mass transit system?

20 posted on 10/10/2012 11:27:43 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: TurboZamboni
“They want to get out of their cars,”

No.

We do not.

21 posted on 10/10/2012 11:33:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: llevrok

That was before the serious crime became popular with certain segments of the population. Then people started getting beaten up, rapped, robbed and murdered on mass transit and on foot to and from...


22 posted on 10/10/2012 4:23:22 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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