Soaring gas prices have managed to edge gas prices to nearly $4/gallon in the area. At an Exxon station in Queens, WCBS 2 found $3.99/gallon gas, while a White Plains Getty offered it at $3.69/gallon. One White Plains resident said it cost him $55 to fill up his sedan, "I used to pay by cash, now I have to use my credit cards because I don't carry that much cash on me."
City Councilman James Vacca, who saw two stations in the Bronx charging $3.99/gallon, told the Daily News, "I am outraged. They're on a highway and obviously think they have people captive to that price." Even the AAA New York's spokesman said, "We are in the midst of a crisis. People have to be very discreet in their use of motor vehicles. If you can, use public transport."
Speaking of public transport, a report from USPIRG and the Straphangers Campaign (part of NYPIRG) shows NYC area mass transit "saved 1.8 billion gallons of oil in 2006, equaling $4.6 billion in gas money." The Straphangers' Gene Russianoff told AMNY, "It pays to invest in transit. The more subway riders, the less dependence on foreign oil." Not only that, but "11.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution" were not released due to mass transit use. Well, it's great that congestion pricing is dead.