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We get what we pay for, or don’t pay for

To be realistic about transportation, we get what we pay for. And, as Americans, we tend to be price shoppers. This article in Atlantic Cities describes the role of pricing in how we live and move in our cities.

All told, Lane found a pretty strong link between changes in gas prices and shifts in transit ridership. Every 10 percent increase in fuel costs led to an increase in bus ridership of up to 4 percent, and a spike in rail travel of up to 8 percent. These results suggest a “significant untapped potential” for transit ridership, Lane reports in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Transport Geography. In other words, a significant part of America’s love for the automobile may only be its desire for inexpensive transportation.


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