(S-R photo by Brian Plonka)
In our editorial board meetings, we’ve had a recurring discussion on what it would take in Spokane to wean people from their cars. How high would gas have to go — $4, $5, $6?
National news has been filled yesterday and today with the news that ridership on public transit is up everywhere, due in part to gas prices.
In the first three months of 2008, 2.6 billion trips were taken on public transportation in the U.S., a 3 percent increase over the first quarter of 2007, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Spokane is not immune to the trend. As Jonathan Brunt reported in a recent story:
Last year, STA gave 9.4 million rides on fixed routes – a 12 percent rise from the year before. The service has experienced increases in rides every month this year compared to the same months in 2007.
So do you think $4 a gallon is the magic number in Spokane? Blog lines are open.