AAA Says One Mile = 50.2 Cents!
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
March 25, 2004
That's right, the American Automobile Association says that if you travel just one mile, that will cost you $1.00! And it doesn't take the ever-rising price per gallon of gas to realize that we are waltzing ourselves right into the web of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) by our dependency on traditional fuels for our vehicles. We are and I submit will continue to be the leader of the free world, if you and I do our part to make the necessary change in how we deal with energy and its proper use. In addition, if we change, we gain personally in the long-run, by developing alternatives to traditional energy use.
Your Commissioner's Court receives a large number of presentations on vital issues of the day. Our local Commute Solutions Leadership from Bexar County and the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) recently provided us with the following findings, which I thought might be of interest to you. As you review this, please remember that the process of changing one of our most basic transportation habits will not occur "over night". But the specter of $2.00 and $3.00 per gallon in the future will accelerate the pace of our need to make changes!
San Antonio Traffic Facts
- According to a 2002 report by the Texas Transportation Institute:
- The "rush-hour" traffic period now lasts for 7 hours each day.
- The average San Antonio commuter spends 20 hours per year just sitting in traffic.
- The cost of this extra time in traffic is about $380 per year per person.
- Nearly 50% of workers describe their commutes as unsatisfying or stressful
Commuting and the Environment
- Vehicle emissions contribute to air pollution and global climate change
- Vehicles are the single largest source of the pollutants that create ozone pollution in the San Antonio area
- Air pollution and global climate change are rising
- Driving has more than doubled since 1970 to 2.5 trillion miles per year
- SUVs and minivans are now half of auto market polluting 3 to 5 times more than cars
- 80% of trips are "drive-alone" trips
Costs to Commuters
- Commuting costs workers money
- $1,800/year in vehicle expenses
- $600/year on gas due to congestion
- AAA says one mile = 50.2 cents
- Commuting costs workers time
- 500 vehicle trips each year
- 160 hours driving per year (1 month work time)
- 38 high-stress hours delayed in traffic
Look for Future Commute Solution Proposals
- Preferred parking for carpools/vanpools
- Compressed/flexible work schedules
- Up-to-date transportation information
- Bike lockers and showers
- Awards/Incentives program
How to Participate
- To learn more about the Commute Solutions Program:
- Contact Dorothy Birch at (210) 362-5213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the hotline at (888) 856-3131