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The latest numbers on gas sales, from January, show that consumption was down4.5% compared with January 2007, according to the state Board of Equalization,and has been declining over the last two years. That could be an indicator thatpeople are driving less or driving more efficient cars, or both.Meanwhile, ridership on mass transit has continued on an upswing. Metrolinkcommuter trains are averaging about 46,000 passengers each weekday, up from44,000 a year ago. "Our riders aren't the transit-dependent," said spokeswomanDenise Tyrrell."They have cars. Many of them were driving alone on the freeway."The number of people on buses and trains operated by the Los Angeles CountyMetropolitan Transportation Authority has also climbed.The subway had 144,841 riders each weekday, an increase of about 7,000 fromMarch '07.Not everyone is convinced that traffic patterns have changed. And there areexceptions. The data show, for example, that the Santa Monica Freeway hasmostly worsened.Varaiya said that although the numbers indicated there may be a decrease incommute times, a more sophisticated analysis would be needed to tell if trafficwas truly trending downward.
10/19/21, 11:03 PMElasticity-Applications: ECON 160 MICROECON PRIN - (13600-FA2021)Jeff Baugh, an airborne reporter for KFWB-AM (980), agreed that traffic hasseemed lighter, but he thinks it's because spring break for students lasts longer.Marco Ruano, chief of freeway operations for Caltrans in Los Angeles County,said he did not have enough data to say that traffic had decreased. He also saidthat commute times shift as job patterns change and freeway improvements takehold.He cited an improved 405-101 interchange that has helped the 405, in particular,and also said that increased use of ramp meters had improved speeds on the 210Freeway."For some folks it might seem like they've noticed on a particular route that thecommute is better, but on a systemwide level it's not necessarily so," Ruano said.Steve Grothe, a consultant in the liquor industry, said his commute from RanchoCucamonga to Cerritos remained stuck at 80 minutes each way via the 210, 57and 91 freeways, with many trucks on the road. In Ojai, Al Stroberg said his driveto Westwood, where he works as an orthopedic surgeon, was still running 70 to75 minutes.There is one difference: He used to leave between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m., but nowtries to get on the road by 5:15 to keep the commute from growing longer.But Roberta Kramer, an attorney from Woodland Hills, said she was seeing fewerpeople driving, particularly at night. "If we go out on a Saturday night, I don't seethe traffic," she said. "It doesn't look like L.A."And Chuck Street, a pilot reporter for KTLA-TV Channel 5 and KIIS-FM(102.7), said that on Thursday he almost said on the air that traffic seemed lighter-- and even asked his flying partner whether gas prices had hit the magic number.David Rizzo, a podiatrist who still makes house calls, has written a pair of advicebooks on escaping the death grip of Southland traffic. Rizzo's diagnosis: Thefreeways are flowing again -- on Friday he saw 75-mph speeds on the 105."It's not like we're married to our cars," Rizzo said. "When the price gets highenough we'll change, and it's the discretionary stuff that goes first."
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