Which reminds me of this advertisement... and my little annotation:
For all the talk of increased transit usage (much more so elsewhere in the country than here) I was reminded of the other little issue of parking Downtown. I am told that high gas prices or not the parking situation Downtown is as tight as ever and by mid-morning if not earlier it is virtually impossible to find a parking spot for the day in a Downtown lot. Gas prices aside, the parking situation Downtown can really only get worse in the coming year. There has to be some parking impact still to be caused by the accelerating construction of the arena and casino.
This came to mind because of a piece in the Trib last week that had a picture and a quote that spelled it out quite clearly from a commuter who said she only began driving to work recently because of route cuts at the Port Authority. Why do we sometimes seem to do the opposite thing of everyone else in the country?
And again, gas prices or not consider that the city of Pittsburgh is mandated to continue lowering the parking tax rate to the 'normal' 33% which may not mitigate gas prices, but be a little incentive to some to drive more, not less for those who commute into Downtown. Tax rollback or not, I would be surprised to see any net savings to parkers anytime soon.
Where will gas prices hurt the most. Pittsburgh proper is no longer listed in the top 50 cities in the US so it is not included in this report... but a recent report on cities that are most vulnerable to gas prices is here from Common Current: