Gasping when you see gas prices? Join the club–it’s currently the topic of hot debate. A Google news search for “gas prices” resulted in 28,193 articles published in the past month. It’s a given that people in the media, on campus and around the water cooler are talking about gas prices. Arizona might, however, be a special stakeholder.
The East Valley Tribune reported last week that gas prices in Arizona rose 14 cents in one week. More noteworthy, at this time last year, gas cost 60 cents a gallon less. The statewide average is now roughly $3.40 a gallon. And I bet your wallet is feeling these increases. Visit AAA of Arizona total fuel cost updates.
Although this is a national concern, Arizona is unlike other states in that our cities are not designed in a way that promotes transportation beyond a steel frame and four wheels. You can’t drive to another city without using the highway. In most neighborhoods, the grocery store, pharmacy, gym or doctor’s office exceed an easy walking distance. Then there’s our 100 + degree summer temperatures.
Basic truth: Arizonans need their cars to complete basic errands.
Do you see a potential crisis on our hands? I do. My question is, what are state officials doing? What programs are available that are enhancing the public transportation system? What resources and options do I have as an Arizonan? How is the state helping me to be prepared?
Will state government officials let sleeping dogs lie, or will they be proactive in tackling this potential crisis directly? What should they do?