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Old 05-01-2008, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
Too bad there's no way to know how much is (a) the economy, (b) behavioral changes (driving smarter, driving less), and, (c) more efficient vehicle purchases (fleet avg fuel economy going up?).
That is interesting. It definitely would be useful data as to why this is.

My guess is economy vs. the family budget (which could result in driving less).

They would have to conduct a survey of sorts to weed out the info.

BTW, is this gas and not Diesel? Since Cal has higher than average fuel prices, maybe goods are coming into the U.S. through cheaper (out of state) ports other than Long Beach, etc.

They just set-up a new intermodal center up the road and it's already off to a running start. KCS (Kansas City Southern Railroad) has acquired the TFM (National Railroad of Mexico) and renamed it the "Kansas City Southern de México". People call it the "NAFTA Railroad"

Long story short, goods can come and go through Mexico on the Pacific or Gulf sides and into the intermodal facilities here. Likely, it's much cheaper, and could distract from the fuel consumption in the Western U.S.

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