Rising gas prices affect motorists and cab companies

By Crystal Price - bio | email

IOWA, LA (KPLC) - The average price of gasoline in the state of Louisiana is $2.92 and it is affecting lake area residents' commute as well as cab companies.

The price of gas in Iowa stayed at $2.95 a gallon on Friday. According to GasBuddy.com, the price is steadily rising as one week ago motorists were paying $2.88 a gallon in Louisiana. The average price of gas one month ago was $2.69.

Experts predict the price will continue to rise as the price of oil is expected to near $100 a barrel.

"I think it's outrageous," said Polly Trantham,a lake area resident paying for gas. "I don't think we should have to pay these high prices."

Trantham said she has cut down on the amount of trips she makes back and forth to town.

"I've also become more cautious on where I stop to get fuel and I watch the signs for fuel prices," said Trantham.

Other lake area drivers have decided turn to other methods of transportation to avoid the high gas prices.

"I'm actually cutting back so I'm relying on my bicycle for transportation that's local," said John Ferrer, a Lake Charles resident.

The high cost of gasoline is also affecting cab companies in Southwest Louisiana. Home Bound Taxi travels several miles a day throughout Calcasieu Parish.

"Some days we may respond to 10 calls a day and other times it may be 30 or 40 calls a day," said Wayne Harrington, a cab driver with Home Bound Taxi.

Harrington said that if the price nears $3.50 or $4.00 and stays there, residents could be paying up to a dollar more to take a cab.

"Right now it's roughly around 2 dollars a mile," said Harrington. "Anytime you have something that affects the profit margin then rates could go up."

For more information on gas prices in your community click on "Gasbuddy.com" to the right.

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