(My) First $4.00+ Gas Sighting…

I’ve been waiting for this moment, probably for too long; it arrived rather uncerimoniously as I passed the Chevron at 72nd Av. on SW 24th Street in the unincorporated neighborhood of Westchester.  Now, I’ve seen diesel being sold at $4.25 or so for at least the last month, but until this morning, I had not seen gasoline selling at more than $4.00 per gallon.  That all came to an end as I noted the price of self-service premium at $4.09.  I, on the other hand, paid a paltry $3.859 per gallon for self-service regular.  It still cost $72.00 to fill up the tank on my mini-van.

Has anyone else out there experienced this soon-to-be usual sighting?

8 Responses to “(My) First $4.00+ Gas Sighting…”


  1. 1 Adam

    according to http://www.miamigasprices.com

    $4.05 - Chevron - West Palm Beach - Fri, 6:45AM
    1921 Okeechobee Blvd near I-95

    $4.05 - Shell - Miami Beach - Thu, 8:35PM
    1698 Alton Rd & 17th St

  2. 2 Ryan

    Yeah meanwhile the county commission is approving West-Dade sprawl that will inherently require an automobile to be used for every trip. Swell.

  3. 3 maaaty

    Let’s have a contest this summer for the first $5.00 sighting!

  4. 4 Eliot

    ……i’m melting!!! melting!!!! melttinnnngggggggggggg

  5. 5 TransitDave

    This post reminds me of a conversation I had with a county employee
    who was in charge of the south corridor metrorail planning effort a few years back (2003 or 2004)…….He seemed a little discouraged, as though planning for the project was a waste of time, because he thought (correctly) that the project wouldn’t be built within our lifetimes….

    At that time the feds were starting to cut back on FTA funds for similar projects, and the funds from the people’s Transportation half penny tax were being spent in a hundred different directions, on everything BUT metrorail.

    I tried to tell them that things might change, and provide an opportunity to seek additional funding for the project….He asked, what could change? I said, $3.00 a gallon gas, for a start……(Gas was below $2.00 at the time) He just shrugged, as though that were an equally remote possibility….

    It’s time we start letting our county commissioners know that the must make new Metrorail lines their first priority, and simply go back to the projects promised by the People’s Transportation Plan….

    Cut out all the municipal transit shares, cut out all the road projects, cut it down to new Metrorail Lines and Bus service, and allocate the funds for only those 2 purposes. Put the MDX (Miami dade expressway authority) in charge of overseeing the spending, and
    planning the Metrorail lines, let Miami-Dade Transit handle the bus lines and planning for same, but let them answer to the MDX board to make sure that the spend it on bus routes that people use.

    And, don’t get me started about the toy train projects (Miami streetcar and Baylink) and how useless they would be, except as excuses not to build the Metrorail lines we need………

  6. 6 Ryan

    Dave,

    You make some decent points, but you’re wrong to call Bay Link and the Miami Streetcar “toy train projects”. The Orange Line (North Corridor) is projected to cost $1.3 billion and forecast to have approximately 4 million boardings a year. Bay Link was projected to cost $500 million (less than half the price of the North Corridor)and was forecast to have 5 million boardings a year. Bay Link would be connecting the economic anchors and largest growth centers of South Florida, downtown Miami and South Beach. By connecting with Metrorail, it would also provide the missing rail transit link between South Beach and MIA (assuming Earlington Heights connector is built). With this in mind, I wonder how you can justify your point about it being a “toy train”.

    The Miami Streetcar is an apples and orange scenario because it would be paid for by the City of Miami. Even then, it’s only projected to cost $200 million and is forecast to have 2-3 million boardings annually, which is certainly competitive with any Metrorail extension in South Florida. Oh and don’t forget that Bay Link and the Miami Streetcar would have significantly lower operating costs than a Metrorail extension.

    Obviously I’m a strong proponent of the two major Metrorail expansion projects, but Bay Link should have gone first while the MDT focused on bringing Metrorail up to a state of good repair.

  7. 7 TransitDave

    Ryan, If a lower price tag is your standard of value, then why not just stick with express bus service? By the Baylink consultant’s own projections, riding Baylink would have been not a minute faster than riding the bus routes that already serve South Beach from Government Center. Ask any transit rider of choice, and they’ll tell you that they choose transit over a car because ITS QUICKER.

    People ride metrorail downtown from dadeland and South Miami because ITS QUICKER. It doesn’t get stuck in traffic. And, as I’ve posted before, it’s not for nothing that Metrorail costs five times more than a streetcar, it can move up to ten times the number of people in a given timeframe, at up to twice the speed.

    Imagine being able to ride a train to or from South Beach and MIA, in about 20 minutes.

    Or, imagine taking the Baylink from South Beach to Government Center (20 minutes) taking the stairs from ground level to the Metrorail platform (5 minutes) and waiting from 5 to 15 minutes for a Meterorail train, and another 15 minutes to MIA. 20 minutes versus almost an hour, and no changing trains, and no detour thru Government Center, a place one avoids after dark if they have any common sense.

    The transit needs of Miami-Dade County now, and in coming decades justify the admittedly obscene cost of Full-Metro heavy rail, and with the possible exception of the Northeast/ FEC corridor, even a dedicated right of way light rail system like the London DLR wouldn’t do the job. WE NEED SPEED as well as capacity, and you only get it with Metrorail.

    And, not for nothing, I might accept the above ridership projections for Baylink, (which are, after all about a fifth of Metrorail’s current ridership) but 2 to 3 million people a year riding between downtown and the design district? Maybe by 2050, after another 20,000 condos are built within a quarter mile walk, but no time soon, you can take that to the bank.

  8. 8 Anonymous

    I agree that Heavy Rail is preferable in an ideal world, but I think gas is going to have to reach more like $6/gallon before we even consider more funding for even light rail. Also, because our citizens seem to have about 1-2 inches of foresight, I can imagine all gasoline taxes being repealed more easily than I can any transit funding being approved.

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