Californians Continue to Purchase Less Gas
According to the State Board of Equalization, gas consumption has fallen again in California:
Continuing a general trend of year-over-year declines, in-state gasoline consumption in August totaled 1.26 billion gallons, down 1.1 percent from the same month in 2011, according to the latest statistics released by the State Board of Equalization.
July gas use totaled 1.23 billion gallons.
While hybrid and electric vehicles are on the road in increasing numbers, and other fuel efficient vehicles are joining them, that doesn’t explain the whole drop. As gas prices spiked over the summer (again) Californians were again confronted with the need to find ways to reduce gas consumption. Not everyone can rush out to buy a new car. That makes public transportation, including high speed intercity rail, a necessity.
Gas prices will only keep rising in the years to come. If public transit options aren’t available, then what you’ll see is people taking fewer trips. That’s not good for the economy, and rising gas prices will throttle economic recovery.
Californians are signaling they’re ready for those alternatives. Whether it’s a local bus, a streetcar, a light rail line, a subway, a commuter train, or a bullet train, California needs more of it as soon as possible.