Thursday, June 14, 2007

Driving with Hitler to Suburbia

Regardless of fuel prices, housing and work patterns make it hard for suburban commuters to change their gas-guzzling ways.

From 2000 to 2005, the share of people driving alone to work increased slightly to 77 percent, according to a Census Bureau report Wednesday. Carpooling dropped and the share of commuters using public transportation stayed the same.

More recent statistics — through March — show that few drivers are cutting back despite gasoline prices topping $3 a gallon.

For most suburban commuters, "it's very hard to find someone to ride with, and it's very hard to find public transportation," said Alan Pisarski, author of Commuting in America. "There aren't always a lot of options for people."

Houston Chronicle/AP

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