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October 25, 2010 Poll Results

Are rising gas prices, now at $3 a gallon, forcing you to drive less?

Yes 58% 155 votes
No 41% 112 votes
Total: 267 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


October 25, 2010
10:03 a.m.

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The reason I don't drive less is that for 5 months I have done most of my travel by CDTA bus. I doubt I have spent $150 on gasoline in that time.

While it does take a little planning, and often takes a bit longer to arrive at a destination, it has been no hardship.

Did you know that a $4 daily pass will get you unlimited travel between Albany - Troy - Schenectady - Saratoga? That there are hourly buses between Schenectady and Saratoga, and even more between Albany and Schenectady? Purchase a monthly pass and the price drops to about $2.10 a day. If you are a senior (65+) or receiving certain social-aid programs, the prices stated above are cut in half.

Take the bus and kwitcherbellyaching about gas prices, really only up about 12%.

October 25, 2010
12:08 p.m.

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A perfect example of the "Overton theory" whereby they raise the gas prices to an extreme high (at least extreme from the low it had been), then we complain and curtail our consumption. So they lower the prices and we breathe a sigh of relief that FINALLY gas prices have come down. Not so fast... they only came down to an "acceptable range" (this being the essence of the Overton theory) to where we are comfortable spending that kind of money... when a year or so earlier they were much lower! It's all a political game and we are the pawns!

October 25, 2010
9:56 p.m.

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We need to connect more cities with CDTA. Glens Falls to Saratoga To Albany-SCHENECTADY & TROY!

October 28, 2010
9:47 a.m.

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I've got to agree with SparkysDad about connecting to more cities ... but they (CDTA, etc.) certainly are not going to run empty buses while waiting for ridership to increase.

Middle aged and older citizens should be very concerned about the availability of public transit. The Baby Boomers are aging .. and everytime one reads about some horrific crash where some older driver was at the wheel there is a large outcry for getting "those old sobs" off the road.

Well, we all are aging and each one of us is going to be old, yet with less population in the generations following ours available to drive us around, as many of us are now doing for our parents/grandparents.

I don't want to see a day when I become a prisoner in my own home, or when I have to choose between food or gasoline. Does anybody?

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