With the rise in gas prices, and even the looming possibility of gas rationing, how is the commuting populous of Dallas going to fare? I’ve always thought it sad that DFW has been spending such an effort to build new highways around the metroplex instead of utilizing and updating the railways that connect our towns and cities. I guess we should just continue to wait those elusive 10 years that has been proposed that it would take to get a rail system underway.

Ugh. Looks like we are in a tight spot. Time to start ride sharing

3 Comments so far

  1. garrett (unregistered) on September 10th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    gosh…all my friends in the outer areas of dfw are freaking…i’m so glad that i got rid of my jeep for a honda civic i could cry…since i live and work in the inner parts of dallas i spend only about twenty bucks a week…some of my plano suv friends spend that in a day!

  2. Kent (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 9:32 pm

    Did you see all of the Civics flying out of the car lots? I have a hard time believing so many people would buy a car in a panic over gas mileage. The prices WILL come down, so let’s see how smart this is.

    New car = $20,000 (bare bones, maybe including some tires)
    Average gallons purchased a month with SUV = 100 x $3.00/gallon = $300/month
    Average gallons purchased a month with Civic = 50 x $3.00/gallon = $150
    Money saved = $150/month
    Trade-in = $15,000
    $5,000 difference will take 33 months to make up the difference
    These are all WORST case scenarios, so the LEAST amount of time to make up the difference is almost 3 years.

    Yes, I know there are many more parameters, but I think people need to look at the numbers before they hastily purchase a car. And yes, I am making assumptions, but no, I am not a car dealer.

  3. Adam (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 10:50 pm

    Yeah so I think its not so bad that gas prices are going up. Its going to become a scarce resource really soon. We are appriaching the peak of oil production for the world and from that point on oil will become more and more scarce. I suggest we all urge our city councils to improve and expand the mass transit system in the metro area. There is no reason why one of the largest metro areas in the most powerful nation in the world cannot have an efficient, user friendly, and modern mass transit system.

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