8 out of 10 Would Sell Firstborn Child to Avoid Riding SEPTA

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:14 pm EST

In the Inky yesterday (via Philebrity):

From March 2004 through last month, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas climbed from $1.74 to $2.40 - a 38 percent increase - in Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs. Yet weekday SEPTA ridership went up by only 2 percent during that span.

Is anyone as stunned by this as I am? I mean, I’m astonished that most commuters prefer being abused at the gas station to being abused at the train station. Who could possibly have guessed that people would rather pawn their worldly possessions for gas money than ride SEPTA? I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney:
“Most people, after a price goes up, get used to it, and unless there are other circumstances, will return to the automobile. For people who have those options, the attractiveness of public transportation is generally not the economy of it, but the speed, comfort and efficiency of it.”

Ummmm… what?! The “speed, comfort and efficiency…” of SEPTA?!! Should he even be allowed to use those words to allude to SEPTA? Isn’t that like, false advertising or something? Quick, somebody call the Better Business Bureau!

See Also:
-SEPTA: Gas price, ridership not equal [Inky]
-Rumblings… [Philebrity]
-People Pawning Goods To Buy Gas [MSNBC]

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