How high will you go?

There was an interesting topic on one of the nightly news shows this evening about increased ridership on mass transportation systems around the country last week that officials say was due in part to record-high gas prices.

One of the points mentioned in the broadcast centered around U.S. citizens’ gas price threshold — how high we are willing to allow prices to go until a significant number of us turn from cars to mass transit.

According to the piece, energy economists speculate that gas prices would need to raise another $0.25 – 0.75/gallon for this significant change to occur.

What’s your gasoline threshold? What’s the most you are willing to pay at the pump before you start using alternative means of transportation? (Or are you already?)

4 Comments so far

  1. Atul (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    My threshold would be quite high, probably $4.50 a gallon, because I only drive around 13,000 miles a year, make a decent salary, but most importantly because I drive fuel-efficient vehicles. 30 mpg highway has been my minimum requirement for the last 10+ years mostly out of environmental concern, but I spend half as much on gas as a person who drives a typical truck-based SUV that gets 16 mpg on the highway. (Plus I spend less time pumping gas). And if gas did top $4.50, I would probably buy a motorcycle or scooter for the summer months and for trips that aren’t too far, I would definitely ride my bicycle.

  2. baliad (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 7:08 am

    it would take a whole lot for me to consider an alternate form of transportation… mostly because i travel all across the area…

  3. Johnny (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    It would be high. I can’t just compare the cost of gas. I have to compare the cost of time, as well. Right now I have a 1.5 hour commute round-trip. Mass transit would at least double that. I can’t afford to take 4 hours out of my day just for commuting. And I’m pretty sure buses dont run after 2, so there would go the bar or late-night diner visits.

  4. max (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    for me it’s not a matter of how high i’ll put up with but rather when i will re-direct my spending to afford gas rather than something else. i have to drive, public transpo just is not an option but eating at home one more night a week is.

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