Why We Should Be Thankful For $5 Gas

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 righthand side.

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245 comments

Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank Beth.

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Jo Recovering
Jo S2 years ago

Thanks Beth.

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Jo Recovering
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Beth.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S3 years ago

noted

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Tim Paich
Tim P5 years ago

There's that saying no car not date. Maybe the dating services I tried are full of losers or people acting dumb and stupid. I'll still date a girl without a car or even without a driver's license. There are more people acting dumb and stupid on free sites than pay sites. More losers as well. I dumped Plenty of Fish as it's gotten too full of losers. They could've years ago come out with better alternatives to cars than gas. I use match.com. The ridiculous prices of gas is part of the problem with the economy out of shape.

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Tim Paich
Tim P5 years ago

There's that saying no car not date. Maybe the dating services I tried are full of losers or people acting dumb and stupid. I'll still date a girl without a car or even without a driver's license. There are more people acting dumb and stupid on free sites than pay sites. More losers as well. I dumped Plenty of Fish as it's gotten too full of losers. They could've years ago come out with better alternatives to cars than gas. I use match.com. The ridiculous prices of gas is part of the problem with the economy out of shape.

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

I hope the high price of gasoline will finally green our transportation system--partly by increasing ridership of mass transit. We also need more sidewalks and more bike paths. Shoe leather and pedal-power are even greener than mass transit.

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Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Interesting.

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Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

This is a complete crock! A bunch of rich liberals & GOP saying "thank us for f$#cking you!"

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Tim Paich
Tim P5 years ago

It becomes a turn off not driving. I am not thankful. This doesn't help the economy. It's a turn off not driving. Oil companies are price gouging and profiteering. This could drive us back into the great depression.

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