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Topic: $3 Gas = Longer Slug Lines ???
Posted By: sluDgE
Subject: $3 Gas = Longer Slug Lines ???
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 7:11am
At 6:30 this morning approximately 30 slugs in line at Sydenstricker. Last month, same time, there were normally no more than 10 slugs in line. Nice weather [8D] and $3 gas prices [V]are the most likely causes.

[?] Are you seeing the same at the other morning and afternoon slug lines? [?]



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Posted By: bigmike
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 11:07am
actually, no, I couldnt find ONE single slug this morning. :-(

I gotta get a new car, the cavy is only getting 25mpg on the highway now and the clutch is almost SHOT! Time to upgrade...


Posted By: NoSUV
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 11:52am
bigmike - consider getting a hybrid. Future generations will appreciate it.

SluDgE - last time gas spiked around Katrina, the same sort of thing happened. Also, 122 continued a debate on tips/subsidies for drivers. Seems reasonable that if there are more slugs than drivers, than taking a 3rd helps, but that 3rd should pay since there is no benefit to the driver, unlike the 1st 2 passengers.


Posted By: bigmike
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 12:07pm
Actually, I was considering the new Civic. $15k and I get 40mpg on the highway. Thats almost hybrid territory.


Posted By: SpongeBob
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 2:30pm
The slug lines always get longer in the summer, and gas prices are giving people more incentive to slug or take the bus. This is the usual pattern. Eventually, people get used to the gas prices and the balance is restored.

Things do seem more erratic now, though.

BTW, NoBrai... I mean, NoSUV: If the 3rd should pay, then the driver should pay BOTH slugs when there is a long line of cars and no people. Like every Friday morning at Horner Road's 14th St. and Pentagon lines.

Howzabout me sticking my giant yellow noggin in your passenger window and yelling "Only $2 to drive me to work!"

This is the scenario our Fluor "friends" envision when the Tool Roads come.


Posted By: NoSUV
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 2:39pm
Sponge, welcome back! Yep, you are absolutely correct in that the next logical step is for toll roads. Sort of like what the parking meters say: all that park, all must pay, only all that use the express lanes, all must pay for that priviledge. Sure sorts out the complaints about hybrids.


Posted By: NoSUV
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 2:40pm
quote:
Originally posted by bigmike
[br]Actually, I was considering the new Civic. $15k and I get 40mpg on the highway. Thats almost hybrid territory.


big - it's not just the mileage, but also the emissions. Pay more but make the world a better place.


Posted By: bigmike
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 2:55pm
it is a LEV Tier 2 vehicle, which means emissions are EXTREMELY low, and I havent driven a hybrid yet but come on, how thrilling can an electric motor vehicle be? Im not trying to merge into traffic with my hazards on...


Posted By: SpongeBob
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 3:21pm
Ah, NoSUV, you stepped right into my trap. The Parking Space Inequity Problem. (Or P-SIP.)

Imagine a Manhattan neighborhood...

What if the parking meters there charged you more per hour based on the number of spaces remaining open on the street? Hmmm.

Meanwhile, the Donald replaced a 50 unit apartment building with a 500-unit condo tower with no parking inside.

Well, the parking spaces on the street would fill up, right? And the price to park would skyrocket based on market forces, in an ever-increasing rate spiral.

Until the price rose so high that only the very wealthiest could afford a parking space.

Is this the society we want to create?


Posted By: go2grl
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 3:22pm
The gas prices have turned me from a driver to a slug.

SHAKE1T


Posted By: Wagonman
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 5:26pm
quote:
Originally posted by NoSUV
[br]
quote:
Originally posted by bigmike
[br]Actually, I was considering the new Civic. $15k and I get 40mpg on the highway. Thats almost hybrid territory.


big - it's not just the mileage, but also the emissions. Pay more but make the world a better place.



How many times do you have to be told that just because its a hybrid it doesn't mean it has better emissions? If you really wanted to make the world a better place you'd tell him to buy the Civic GX which runs on CNG and is much cleaner than the hybrids.


Posted By: bigmike
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 5:41pm
And how much does THAT puppy run? Not many stations sell CNG in woodbridge, if any. I mean, think of it like this, the 06 Civic gets 30 city, 40 highway, is a ULEV vehicle which is close to 0 emissions, is as quick as the cavalier, only uses 87 octane, and will cost a measly $15k brand spanking new!

The choice seems obvious to me.



Posted By: sluDgE
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2006 at 9:05pm
I never intended this string to become another hybrid debate. But seems that's where almost all new topics end up now. [:(]
Is this website a slug lines info exchange, or is it a hybrids/no-hybrids debate site? [:(]
If I read correctly, it's named "Slug-Lines.com". [8D]
Oh well, a sluDgE salute to all you carpools, slugs, and slug drivers out there. It just shows we learned to share in kindergarten.[:)]


Posted By: getmehome pweeze
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 8:05am
Ok, picture this: 6:45 AM 610, Mine Road lot-
MANY parking spaces open
LONG LINE of CARS!
Few slugs....

So weird. Yes, I know alot of kids in Stafford are on spring break, and its supposed to be sunny and 82 today, but, its still weird!!!

:'}


Posted By: NoSUV
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 8:07am
Sponge - why is it that we don't hear about NYC being the most congested commuting location? Perhaps it IS because of the very high cost of parking. In my travels in and about NYC, I don't recall there being HOV lanes.

Seems as though the high cost of operating POV has led to reliance on public transportation - not a carpool or slug situation. Interesting that ridership on the Metro is at record high now that gas is also at a record high...


Posted By: getmehome pweeze
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 8:09am
There really is no room for HOV lanes IN NYC...because there is an emergency lane for ambulances and police.

BUT- Long Island does have an HOV system, it is one open lane in each travel direction, E&W that is heavily utilized, I do believe there is a bus lane also. Many people who work in NYC commute from all over LI daily.

:'}


Posted By: 122582
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 8:26am
Definitely longer slug lines.

At $3.00+ per gallon, the 20 minutes each way that I save by hauling slugs just isn't worth it. Especially when so many bottom feeders just don't appreciate a free ride. I spend $12 per day on gas alone, saving each of two bottom feeders the same amount or more.

I'm currently trying to form a carpool, but in the meantime I'll be taking the train and riding my motorcycle. If any other drivers (who are tired of hauling unappreciative bottom feeders)down in Freddiesburg want to get together for some pooling, let me know.

There will be one less free ride for all you bottom feeders to whine about Monday.

Keep slugging alive - tip your driver today!


Posted By: flatulentsluggerhugger
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 9:45am
Just want to say, that whoever ended up moving out to the "boondocks" because the housing was cheaper SHOULD NOT BE COMPLAINING!!!! You made the choice of moving far from your jobs. Now just deal with the commuting problems and gas prices until you retire, move to a less conjested area, or end up getting a job closer to where you live.

DON'T CRY AND WHINE OVER THE CHOICES THAT YOU'VE MADE!!!!!!!

VOTE HOT!!!! SO GAS PASSERS LIKE ME WON'T ANNOY YOU!!!

whoever smealt it dealt it!!!!


Posted By: getmehome pweeze
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 10:19am
wow...did you cut and paste that?

:'}


Posted By: mikester
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2006 at 11:42am
My wait times in the afternoon have doubled over the last year. The morning is worse also, but not to the same degree.



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