Thursday, June 12, 2008

OKC ranked last on list of 50 cities best able to cope with high gas prices

CNN story about how both OKC and Tulsa are having trouble coping with high gas prices due to the lack of public transportation and historically long commutes. Here's something I didn't know:

City Manager Jim Couch says that at 627 square miles, Oklahoma City has the third greatest land mass of all U.S. cities.

Tulsa is also pretty spread out. Here's a major problem:

Karlenzig said that while nearly 55% of New Yorkers take public transit, the rate in Oklahoma is closer to 2%.

The article does stress that both OKC and Tulsa are working on improving public transportation options, but emphasizes that any significant changes are "years away."