These lyrics from the smash Simon and Garfunkel song, written decades ago, ring strangely true today—not for the love-weary, but for the gas-price-weary. Seems national gas prices pushing past $4.00/gallon have driven many to abandon their cars and hop on the bus.
Transit systems across the country are seeing increased ridership as commuters try to find some relief from extreme gas prices. According to an article on MSNBC.com, “In Seattle, commuter rail ridership recorded the biggest jump in the nation during the first quarter, with 28 percent more riders than during the same time last year.”
Wonder what ridership figures will be like when gas hits $5.00/gallon? $7.00/gallon? Premium gas prices at Capitol Hill pumps are already at $4.80.
As gas prices climb even higher, will that drive folks from the ‘burbs to the city? According to Allison Arth’s recent post, commuting distance is becoming more of a factor in deciding where to live.
Of course, once the big oil companies allow a replacement of the combustion engine, distance won’t be such a big issue. For the foreseeable future though, while they still grip us by the spark plugs, consider the bus.
If commuting distance is a consideration for you, check out these shiny new listings near the soon-to-be transit station beneath Broadway. Reside here and you certainly could drop off your key . . . and get yourself free.