High gas prices drive commuters to mass transit
According to a new report, surging gas prices are forcing many New Yorkers to use busses, trains and subways instead of driving.?When it reaches $4, I?m not driving anymore? I?m sticking to the train,? says commuter Eli Silva, adding that he saves about $80 a month using mass transit. According to the Automobile Club of New York, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is about $3.97. According to the MTA, the increase in gas prices has led to the highest amount of train riders since 1951. The MTA also adds that fewer people are using the state?s bridges and tunnels. Drivers say that the high cost of food and the weak economy are adding to the economic stress already caused by high gas prices, forcing them to stretch every dollar.