It may only be used for trips around Europe. Fuel is ridiculously expensive; about $5.70 a gallon here.
All kidding aside, it is hard to comprehend how families make it when they have long commutes to work. I also wonder how college grads who are trying to find jobs for the first time make it without a salary yet. How do people who are already suffering economically make it? I am thinking of those families that have been unemployed or had their homes foreclosed. How are they going to continue when costs continue to increase?
It is a choice for us to drive or use public transportation, but not every city offers alternative choices. I see no remedy for this problem especially with the Middle East in turmoil. It is distressing to realize that transportation, which we all take for granted, is now considered a luxury.