Congress Catches the Bus on Public Transportation
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Just about every politician out there would like to find the quick fix for the soaring gasoline prices that are straining the budgets of America's current and aspiring middle class. We know a gas tax "holiday" a la John McCain won't have any real impact on consumers. We know a miscellany of proposed new locations to drill for oil won't help for years -- if ever. And while those stimulus checks may have been somewhat useful in offsetting the prices at the pump, Americans facing hard times also need the cash to pay for the rising price of everything else under the sun.
So the question remains: how are we going to get to work today - and tomorrow -- without the cost of the commute eating a huge chunk out of the paycheck?
For a growing number of Americans, the answer is to hop the train. "Even regions that have traditionally resisted giving up cars and have limited access to mass transit are reporting a surge in public transportation use," according to CNN. And it's little wonder. Even before the price of gas reached its current peak, American households that relied on public transportation saved an average of $6,251 a year compared to a two-car household without transit access. (pdf)
These days the commuter train makes more sense than ever.