Skip to comments.Gas price spike encouraging people to use mass transit
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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Misery loves company.
Yep! All part of their plan.
Just what the green whack lefties wanted...
It is racist to deny Eric Holder's childrrruuunnn their little pleasures.
Thats just great!...only if your damn job is within walking distance of any metro line...What a bunch of s#^%!
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.
>>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.
“Yep! All part of their plan.”
Yep! In one part of the country “Mission Accomplished”
Coming Soon: To a location near you!
Better not plan on carrying anything to defend yourself with.....http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Reality-Check-Metro-Searching-Commuter-Bags—52600907.html
It would be racist to allow targets to defend themselves.
The irony in CA is that until the late 1950's, there were buses and trains well established, running every where.
“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.
Ray LaHood’s dream come true.
Try walking the 300 miles to the closest public transportation.
The media says California is broke.
Where are they going to come up the money to build a gigantic mass transit system?
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