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Old 03-12-2008, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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News: U.S. Use of Public Transportation Highest in 50 Years

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Public transportation use is up 32% since 1995, a figure that is more than double the growth rate of the population (15%) and up substantially over the growth rate for the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on US highways (24%) for that same period.
The biggest increases in order of magnitude:

- Light rail (modern trolleys, LRT, etc.)
- Commuter rail
- Subways
- Bus

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Old 03-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On my commute to day I saw 12 bike commuters (ones with packs and above the age of 12). 3 with new bikes and one on a IZip. The most I've ever seen before is 2. It was a beautiful day here in central Texas that helps. Maybe the times is a changing.
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I guess people are just traveling more if both highway and public transportation experienced gains over population growth. I'm not so sure that its a good sign we need to use more fuel, regardless of how its getting used. Public transportation is great, but I'd like to see highway usage dropping with it so we use less fuel as a race, not more.
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I wonder how much of this is also a function of a weakening economy (i.e. people can't afford a car anymore).

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I wonder how much of this is also a function of a weakening economy (i.e. people can't afford a car anymore).
In California we have almost the highest gas cost in the US, so I think this is very much the reason for a shaky economy in this area. We are south of San Francisco- the states highest average fuel costs. $3.59/ga. I think!

I filled up my Aspire last week, got angry it took $18., so put the car away. I hope my trikes never wear out!

Amusing, in a way. Most inventions left the country, and now that we need it; only a small few have persisted. Overall quite sad for society.

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In California we have almost the highest gas cost in the US, so I think this is very much the reason for a shaky economy in this area. We are south of San Francisco- the states highest average fuel costs. $3.59/ga. I think!

I filled up my Aspire last week, got angry it took $18., so put the car away. I hope my trikes never wear out!

Amusing, in a way. Most inventions left the country, and now that we need it; only a small few have persisted. Overall quite sad for society.

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I'm in SoCal. I paid $3.76 for Chevron 91 Octane, and that's at a reasonably priced station.

I wish it didn't have to be this way, but most societies only change (or die) when they are forced to. No 1973 Oil Embargo and we'd probably still be driving the Big-3 Iron Dinosaurs.

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We ARE still driving 3-ton dinosaurs!
Yes, we are in a different era of dinosaurs. If pre-1973 was the Triassic, then what is today? Jurassic or Cretaceous?

Has the asteroid hit us yet? Will it be called Hubbert's Asteroid?!?!?!?!

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Has the asteroid hit us yet? Will it be called Hubbert's Asteroid?!?!?!?!

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Hubbert's Asteroid. I like that.

The first one took out the dinosaurs, let's not let Hubbert's Asteroid take us out!!!!

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