Peak Oil will not be good for The Triangle… Maybe?

Raleigh and Duham residents are among those that spend the most on gasoline.  Data shows that their per household motor fuel spending is significantly higher than other Southeastern US metros, including the king of sprawl: Atlanta.

North Carolina’s high gasoline tax probably contributes to this problem, as does the broad growth of suburbs.

Will this help the cause of transit advocates? Doubtful. More than likely, peak oil scenarios will lead to market adaptation to services the enable maximum continuation of sought lifestyles (i.e. Private transit).

It is posible that increased transportation costs in select metros could lead to growth of “contained areas” elsewhere in the state, especially within an hour of the Triangle.

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