Why We Should Be Thankful For $5 Gas

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This guest post was written by Beth Buczynski, a writer for Care2 Causes.
Oil prices have been climbing steadily since the beginning of the year, and as some gas stations prepare to dust off the ominous number 'four' for their signs, car owners are already cringing.

With political unrest accelerating in the Middle East, it might seem hard to see the silver lining, but for some alternative transportation advocates, rising gas prices are a blessing in disguise.A study released on Monday by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicts that as gasoline prices continue increasing, Americans will turn to public transportation in record numbers.

According to the report:


  • If regular gas prices reach $4 a gallon across the nation, as many experts have forecasted, an additional 670 million passenger trips could be expected, resulting in more than 10.8 billion trips per year.

  • If pump prices jump to $5 a gallon, an additional 1.5 billion passenger trips can be expected, resulting in more than 11.6 billion trips per year.

  • And if prices were to soar to $6 a gallon, expectations go as high as an additional 2.7 billion passenger trips, resulting in more than 12.9 billion trips per year.


APTA is encouraging riders to tell Congress they need more transportation options by going to publictransportation.org or text TRANSIT to 86677 and join the "I <3 (heart) transit" campaign.

"The volatility of the price at the pump is another wake up call for our nation to address the increasing demand for public transportation services," said APTA President William Millar. "We must make significant, long-term investments in public transportation or we will leave our fellow Americans with limited travel options, or in many cases stranded without travel options. Public transit is the quickest way for people to beat high gas prices if it is available."

If you need help finding public transportation options in your area, visit www.apta.com and look for the "Find Public Transportation Near You" search bar on the right hand side.


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