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April 28, 2008

You Say You Want a (Commuter) Revolution?

Carpool This seems a bit extreme, but Dan Dorfman is citing two industry analysts who say we could see the dawn of $10.00-per-gallon gasoline in America. Before you scoff, just remember what you would have said to someone four years ago who told you that gas was going to be close to $4.00 per gallon by the summer of 2008. Stranger things...have already happened.

Until now, the American gasoline consumer just ate it, particularly commuters who gobbled up so much of their paycheck in their daily treks to work. But I'm beginning to hear that faint little jingle, played on Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s, encouraging us all to "kalaka," another name for carpooling.

Can 21st-century Americans share the ride, even if it means--gasp--taking turns with what is played on the CD player or radio? Time will tell. But look at it this way: at least there's finally going to be someone to hold your drink, breakfast burrito, and Blackberry while you drive!

(Image © Vermont Agency of Natural Resources)

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Pat

If Maricopa County, Arizona puts in a more comprehensive transportation system like the light rail, I would gladly use public transportation. I checked out the bus system to get me to work and back. Two hours to get 20 miles. The problems are huge and can't be solved in a day. Carpooling is not advertised widely. I'm willing just not able to save on gas

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