Today’s Headlines

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(Graphic by Karen Youresh, The Washington Post)

  • 43,000 deaths. Just staggering.

    And the economic cost of just the gasoline price increase is staggering as well.

    The average New York-area family is spending nearly $900 a year more on gas than just five years ago, a new congressional study shows.
    With prices at the pump nearly doubling, drivers in and around the city shelled out an extra $3 billion for gas in 2006 compared with 2001.

    That’s a whopping $880 a year, or about $75 a month, for every two-driver family in the metro area.

    A lot of good could be done with that $3 billions a year here locally to build a better mass transit infrastructure. Instead it’s going away to other areas and in some places supporting destabilizing regimes…

  • steveo

    Dear Mr. Goldiner:

    I’m writing regarding your story in today’s Daily News
    headlined, “No fuelin’: Gas costs up $900 per year”
    (http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/446265p-375658c.html).

    Frankly, the numbers don’t compute. You write that the $900
    pertains to the “average New York-area family”, but later we
    find out that it actually means “every two-driver family in the
    metro area.”

    The U.S. Census data for New York City car ownership is here:

    http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=05000US36005&-geo_id=05000US36047&-geo_id=05000US36061&-geo_id=05000US3
    6081&-geo_id=05000US36085&-gc_url=&-reg=&-ds_name=ACS_C2SS_EST_G00_&-_lang=en&-mt_name=ACS_C2SS_EST_G2000_H041

    (or http://nyc-car-ownership.notlong.com )

    Using the “Estimate” columns, you can calculate that

    1) 2-car households make up only 8.2% of all NYC households
    2) A majority (53.5%) of NYC households do not own any cars

    (I’ll leave it up to you to determine what percentage of the
    “metro area” is NYC — generally it’s somewhere around 50% in
    the city and 50% in the surrounding counties of NY/NJ/CT.)

    In the future, please include more information about what
    actually makes up an “average” family in the metro area. I
    believe that implying that everyone has 2 cars is misleading and
    creates an expectation that does not square with reality.

    Sincerely,