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A Look Back - 10 Years Ago Today

March 21, 2012 - GAS PRICES ON THE RISE: It’s that time of year when we all hit the open road and it seems that higher gas prices follow us. Case in point, when we began researching this topic, the gas prices in this area at that time were $3.72 per gallon. As o f this week those metropolitan numbers have risen to $3.99 per gallon. The Washington Post recently wrote that this was the highest price ever for this time of year, noting that many areas were already over the $4.00 mark.

John Townsend, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman recently warned that a nationwide average of $4.25 by late March or early April is possible.

“I am extremely concerned by recent reports that oil and gasoline prices continue to rise and gas could reach an average of $4.25 a gallon by April”, said Governor Bob McDonnell in February. He’s not the only one concerned. Paying these prices hit families hard, especially those with long commutes. One way to save money during these times is to simply stop driving.

“What? Give up the car?” you say. Well, maybe not give it up, but how about giving it some well deserved time off from your daily commute. “Gas prices near $4 a gallon tends to be the tipping point that pushes more people onto mass transit,” says Michael Melaniphy, president of the American Public Transportation Association. Mass transit organizations like VRE can purchase gas through price contracts or futures, which can allow them to pay less than market price, allowing mass transportation to often be a more cost effective method for commuters. “As people get jobs and go back to work, they get on mass transit more,” said Melaniphy. “And then when people look at gas prices, they really get on transit more.”

So, what are your options? Well, you can always try the train. We believe that in no time at all you should be reducing your stress and, considering these sky rocketing gas prices, counting your savings.

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